In a test of survival, 15 Jackson County students squared off Thursday afternoon for the right to be called the best speller in the county.
What started as a battle of nerves at Lutheran Central School ended in a true test of wits with Brownstown Middle School student Mackenzie Bennett emerging as winner in the seventh round with the word “metabolism.”
Mackenzie, who was competing in the event for a second straight year, said she still had a case of the nerves despite knowing the rules and procedures of the annual event.
“I was really nervous,” she said. “I didn’t know if it would be the same.”
By winning the county spelling bee, Mackenzie can participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee in March.
In the last round of the spelling bee, the field was down to Mackenzie and two others, 2012 county spelling bee champion Isaac Lepley from St. John’s Sauers Lutheran School and Tori Snook from St. Ambrose Catholic School in Seymour.
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