Ridgeview student wins district spelling bee for the second time

Haley Kendall, Ridgeview 8th grader, 2019 PSD Spelling Bee champEighth grader Haley Kendall didn’t hesitate as she confidently spelled the championship word into the microphone. 

“Tertiary,” she said quickly. “T-e-r-t-i-a-r-y. Tertiary.” 

And with that, the Ridgeview Classical Schools student became winner of the 2019 Poudre School District Spelling Bee after 36 hard-fought rounds. This is the second time Haley has won the spelling bee. As a sixth grader, she captured the district title in 2017.

“It’s exciting,” Haley said right after her victory. “The hardest word I had to spell was probably ‘narcissistic.’” 

To earn a spot in the district competition, students had to win their school spelling bee and take a written test. Ten other top finishers will also move on to the state competition next month in Denver. Those students include:
 
•    Manar Buhalfaya, Blevins 
•    Seleen Burgos, Lopez 
•    Sophia Dellota, Kinard
•    Rowan Flaitz, Liberty Common
•    Theo Gregory, Laurel
•    Rohan Jamtgaard, Cache La Poudre Middle School
•    Anubhav Joshi, O’Dea
•    Lily Petrecca, Webber
•    Diyanshi Premkumar, Traut
•    Cedric Sony, Werner