COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śPernicious,â€ť â€śfilibuster,â€ť â€śschottischeâ€ť and â€ścorpuscleâ€ť are just a few words that Jaeden Roussey spelled correctly at the Regional Finals of the 58th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.
Roussey, 10, a fifth-grade student at Coesse Elementary School took second place at the regional finals Saturday morning. Roussey went 35 rounds until he misspelled â€śfatality.â€ť
Roussey will serve as alternate and will be able to go to Washington, D.C., if for any reason winner Kaelyn Bender canâ€™t go.
After his loss Roussey shook the hand of Bender and all of the adults announcing and judging before showing his prizes to his league of fans. For winning second place Roussey received a medallion, a plaque with his name on it for Coesse Elementary School, a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a $20 Amazon.com gift card. Roussey can compete in the spelling bee through his eighth grade.
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