Home schooler wins Carroll-Jo Daviess-Stephenson spelling bee

Winners at the Feb. 19 Carroll-Jo Daviess-Stephenson Regional Spelling Bee are, with Regional Office of Education 8 Superintendent Aaron Mercier; (from left) first place, Hannah Visel with Northern Illinois Christian Home Educators; and second place, Charlie Otto, with NICHE. Photo submitted by Deanna Dittmar.
Winners at the Feb. 19 Carroll-Jo Daviess-Stephenson Regional Spelling Bee are, with Regional Office of Education 8 Superintendent Aaron Mercier; (from left) first place, Hannah Visel with Northern Illinois Christian Home Educators; and second place, Charlie Otto, with NICHE. Photo submitted by Deanna Dittmar.

PEARL CITY – An eighth-grade student from Northern Illinois Christian Home Educators won the Carroll-Jo Daviess-Stephenson spelling bee Feb. 19, in the gymnasium at Pearl City School.

Hannah Visel spelled pitchblende correctly in the 16th round, and spelled consensus correctly in the 17th round to win, out of 26 competitors, Deanna Dittmar with Regional Office of Education 8 wrote in a news release.

Second place was a tie between fifth grader Charlie Otto, also from NICHE, and Rowen Schulz from Lena-Winslow. Otto and Schulz both misspelled words in the 16th round. Otto then spelled gregarious correctly, while Schulz misspelled klompen and Otto spelled impetuous correctly to win second place.

Visel won a paid trip to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., taking place May 26-31. A parent or guardian will be able to accompany her.

Visel and Otto received trophies donated by the ROE. Visel also won a free 1-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online, donated by Merriam Webster; one Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate for a 2019 United States Mint proof set; a 1-year free subscription to Britannica Online Premium donated by Encyclopedia Britannica; and 2018-19 Topical List Series Animal Words, donated by Hexco Academic.

Otto won Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, and the Topical List Series Animal Words.