On Thursday evening, dozens of Bristol and Warren students competed in the annual spelling bee, vying for a trophy.
The district spelling bee took place at Kickemuit Middle school and was comprised of finalists from grades four through eight at all the district elementary schools, as well as grades six through eight at KMS. Of the finalists, four students walked out with the big prizes and got to meet Channel 10's Mario Hilario and Barbara Morse Silva.
The winners of the evening's spelling bee were 8th grader Read Ruddick (first place), 4th grade student Joshua Bartoszuk (second place), and KMS 6th grader Noah Hanmer and 5th grader Caroline Alexandre tied for third.
"We could't be prouder of Read!" said the first prize winner's mother, Erin Ruddick.
Read's mother said that it was a very exciting contest. She recalls that it was down to Read and one other boy, but they both missed their words, so the two knocked out in the previous round were brought back up.
"Read's final word - ferity - was not one she knew but made an educated guess." Ruddick said. "It was a nail biter!"
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Editor's Note: Thank you to Mary Alexandre and Erin Ruddick for submitting the photographs.