Hinsdale-Clarendon HIlls District 181 hosts spelling bee
Nick Lynch spells a word in the first round in the Elementary District 181 Spelling Bee. Lynch finished first and is advancing to the county bee. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 15, 2013 11:31AM
CLARENDON HILLS — Prospect School fifth-grader Nick Lynch was the last contestant standing Wednesday at the District 181 Spelling Bee, among six from Prospect, Clarendon Hills Middle School and Hinsdale Middle School when he successfully spelled “nether.”
“I was pretty nervous; I wasn’t really expecting to win,” Nick said. “It felt great; I’m proud of myself.”
The two youngest students took the top two spots in the spelling bee, as Prospect fourth-grader Lia Fawley secured the runner-up spot. Both Nick and Lia advance to the Feb. 20 DuPage County Spelling Bee at Monroe School in Wheaton.
“I thought I’d do pretty well,” Lia said. “My mom quizzed me. I was pretty confident until I got the word that I missed.”
“Stoic” was the word Lia misspelled. Nick correctly spelled windily, admiral, and pretzel in earlier rounds to advance to the final round.
“I practiced with my dad,” he said. “I’ll practice with him again to get ready for the county spelling bee. I’m sure the words will be harder there.”
Both Nick and Lia said they enjoy reading.
“They both are excellent readers, and that does help quite a bit with spelling,” Prospect Principal Anne Kryger said.
The District 181 competition included students who were the top two finishers at earlier school Spelling Bees at CHMS, Hinsdale Middle School and Prospect School.
Other participants in the District 181 Spelling Bee were seventh-grader Daniel Piniero and eighth-grader Finn Voorhees from HMS, and seventh-grader Adam Tweardy and sixth-grader Joey Kolnicki from CHMS.
Some of the other words included in the Spelling Bee were angelic, safari, grabble, barrow, prairie, mentor, fathom, knapsack, ductile, quiver and tithe.