With a sigh of relief at confirmation that she had correctly spelled the championship word, Dunham sixth grader Brynn O’Day won the All School Spelling Bee. Seventh grader Alise Broussard was runner-up.
Brynn’s victory secured her place at the regional bee to be held March 25 in Hammond. The Dunham Bee is part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion.
Fifteen students from 4th through 8th grade competed in the All School Bee. Other students who advanced to this level through grade level competitions included 4th graders Alysse Fee, Anna High and Reynolds Pontti; 5th graders Taylor Brasell, Ruth Lau and Brayden LeBlanc; 6th graders Gavin Guerin and Grant Lusco; 7th graders Leila Hart and Jason Pere; and 8th graders Henry Hays, Jon Melara and Sophie Rollins.
The spellers were challenged through 17 rounds of competition until Brynn was the only speller remaining, successfully spelling the championship word. As winner and runner up, Brynn and Alise will receive of a free one-year membership to Britannica Online for Kids.