In the earlier rounds, Youngs spelled “deluxe,” “typhoon,” “spherical,” ingenious,” “percolate,” “mercurial,” “enthusiasm” and “cafeteria.”
There were six contestants left after the fourth round. Three more contestants were eliminated in the fifth round.
Abbi Miller of Bainbridge-Guilford also made the sixth round. She finished third after misspelling “asterisk.” Molly and Taegan spelled “mercurial” and “persimmon” respectively that round.
The regional spelling bee is sponsored by The Daily Star together with Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services, the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES and SUNY Oneonta.
The trip to Washington is being paid for by sponsors The Daily Star, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta Science Discovery Center, ACCO Brands, Chobani, Amphenol and Casella Waste Systems.
Judges for the event were Julia P. Suarez Hayes, assistant professor of English at Hartwick College; Dr. Paul French, associate professor of physics and astronomy at SUNY Oneonta; and Jo Boring, director of the Catskill Area School Study Council.