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Mary Hogan Elementary contestants win regional spelling bee

WILLISTON — The team of six Mary Hogan Elementary School students won the regional fifth- and sixth-grade team spelling bee, held at Williston Central School on Nov. 1. They will compete for the state title Nov. 15. in Northfield against teams from Barre, Manchester, South Burlington (Frederick Tuttle Middle School) and West Brattleboro (Academy School).
Members of the Mary Hogan team, who practice regularly during recess and lunch hours, are Chloe Clark, Ava Devost, Ivy Doran, Saskia Gori-Montanelli, Sophie Pope McCright and Sofia Stefani.
A team of Ferrisburgh Central School fifth- and sixth-graders late last month won a county competition to advance to the regional, and placed fifth in last weekend’s regional. The Ferrisburgh team members were Chloe Nailloux, Xander DeBlois, Jarret Muzzy, Kobe Kessler, Adam Clark and Tucker Stearns.
In the Nov. 1 regional competition, the Middlebury girls battled Crossett Brook Middle School of Duxbury down to the last few words, with Mary Hogan winning with 114 points to 112.
Here is the list of the words the Middlebury competitors were asked to spell:
giraffe • tissues • procession • magazine • arbitrator • dandelion • transportation • carnival • awakening • abbreviate • effective • elevator • pajamas • buffalo • linoleum • propelled • naturally • pneumonia • procedure • triumph • ammunition • interested • playground • multiplication • besiege • eighteen • prejudice • superstition • healthful • detached • advanced • victory • impression • forgotten • turmoil • macaroni • suddenly • delicious • promotion • periodical • bicycle • insurance • shrieking • pronunciation • amphibious • candidate • messenger • marshmallows • underneath • comparable • tedious • distinguish • watermelon • familiar • dismissal • observation • moderate • efficient • vibration • architect • Ferrisburgh Central 

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