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279 spellers competed in the 2016 Colorado State Spelling Bee.  Of those, 34 spellers made the finals.  Twenty of the finalists were Denver Public School spellers.  Bryn Flanigan of Girl’s Athletic Leadership School finished in 3rd place.  Faith Baca, an 8th grader from RMSEL, and Tobias Holm, an 8th grader from Hamilton Middle School, finished tied for fifth place.  Gwenyth Aggeler, a 7th grader from Denver School of the Arts, placed 7th.  Tied for 8th place were Jake Faulk, a 6th grader from Hamilton Middle School, Elissa Volling, an 8th grader from Hamilton Middle School, and Edwin Wojcik, a 7th grader from DSST Conservatory Green.  Below are the results of our twenty state finalists:
   
        Bryn Flanigan, Girl’s Athletic Leadership School, (3rd place)

              Bryn spelled these words correctly:  orchard, igneous, falsetto, bequeath, mole, impetuous, alchemy, forsythia, kibei, rural, submerge, religiosity, acadians, petiole, clavichord, capitulum, and vermicelli before she went down on normergic.

        Faith Baca, RMSEL, (5th place)

                            Faith spelled these words correctly:  haversack, rehearse, behoove, amenable, colloquial, batik, ersatz, lokshen, hoomalimali, crestfallen, exude, divestiture, unanimous, paseo, and pellucid before she went down on civet.

        Tobias Holm, Hamilton Middle School, (5th place)

              Tobias spelled these words correctly:  mermaid, vogue, diagnosis, kasha, macadamia, rapport, zephyr, rejoneador, maraschino, pamphlet, accentuate, tiki, theta, lemma, and brie before he went down on tercentenary.    

                Gwenyth Aggeler, Denver School of the Arts, (7th place)

              Gwenyth spelled these words correctly:  spartan, salami, discipline, perfidy, nemesis, serdab, hedonism, roodebok, philippic, wiles, statuary, reverently, verity, and numismatist before she went down on parallax

             Jake Faulk, Hamilton Middle School, (8th place)

              Jake spelled these words correctly:  bonanza, hosta, potash, odori, illuminati, altruism, virgule, einkorn, pickelhaube, arena, dormitory, valise, and phlegm before he went down on adieu

                Elissa Volling, Hamilton Middle School, (8th place)

              Elissa spelled these words correctly:  begonia, plateau, mascara, relevance, homburg, comandante, coffle, misogynist, schottische, vocation, advisable, velveteen, and fenestration before she went down on bouffant

                Edwin Wojcik, DSST Conservatory Green, (8th place)

              Edwin spelled these words correctly:  tomato, spectrum, fiasco, guilder, liverwurst, thesaurus, tamarind, apparatchik, caballero, dingy, turnstile, talkathon, and prospectus before he went down on colcannon.

             Benjamin Holland, Cory Elementary School, (11th place)

              Benjamin spelled these words correctly:  farthing, earthenware, beige, desperado, foliate, knish, capitulation, fennec, mnemonic, tether, vetoed, and era before he went down on abscise.

             Shalom Busse, Hamilton Middle School, (13th place)

                      Shalom spelled these words correctly:  dissect, popularity, hassock, amicable, basmati, marzipan, Wiccan, chauvinism, douane, belfry, and spurious before he went down on poltroon.

               Emi Grady-Willis, Hamilton Middle School, (13th place)

                      Emi spelled all of these words correctly:  workmanship, seersucker, hacienda, rhinoceros, klompen, kitsch, erudite, philately, euphemism, refrain, and topaz before she went down on indomitable.

            Anne Hartshorn, Denver School of the Arts (13th place)

                      Anne spelled all of these words correctly:  honcho, clementine, palette, incognito, bureaucracy, aggregate, mozzarella, taiga, voortrekker, creaking, and presage before she went down on depredation.

            Sarah Young, Slavens School, (13th place)

                      Sarah spelled all of these words correctly:  boutique, embargo, Olympian, cryptic, gulag, belligerent, euthanasia, Romaji, coati, literally, and gadabout before she went down on rennet.

            Carter Ottele, Denver School of the Arts, (20th place)

                      Carter spelled all of these words correctly:  netherlander, bambino, mongrel, regime, hygiene, chary, bromeliad, paparazzo, schnecke, and panda before he went down on besmirch.

            Alyssa Robertson, Hamilton Middle School, (20th place)

                      Alyssa spelled all of these words correctly:  nostril, biblical, aria, Frankenstein, duenna, troika, alim, witloof, tritium, and pincushions, before she went down on portent.

            Anna Neznamova, Hamilton Middle School, (25th place)

                      Anna spelled all of these words correctly:  deluxe, inferno, sallow, apathy, gynarchy, femininity, dahlia, ocarina, and shrieval before she went down on toothache.

            Alex Acosta, Merrill Middle School, (26th place)

                      Alex spelled all of these words correctly:  fathom, mahimahi, gristle, hippopotamus, pasteurize, verboten, and egregious before he went down on mandir.

            Finn Hilty, Polaris@Ebert, (26th place)

                      Finn spelled all of these words correctly:  icicle, puma, jovial, providence, dressage, incriminate, facetious, and bobadil before he went down on cappelletti.

            Ben Abram, Slavens School, (29th place)

                      Ben spelled all of these words correctly:  baba, enchilada, flamenco, wanton, and mayonnaise before he went down on ingenue.

            Hayley Hamilton, Hamilton Middle School, (29th place)

                      Hayley spelled all of these words correctly:  tofu, chronic, muumuu, paprika, nadir, and pyre before she went down on symbiosis.

            Andie Scheinbaum, RMSEL, (32nd place)

                      Andie spelled all of these words correctly:  cruiser, credible, artichoke, bowery, and buccaneer before she went down on khor.



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