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8th-grader named Flagler County Spelling Bee champ

Sarah Flannery earns top speller title

Sarah Flannery moves on to the next round (Photo courtesy: Flagler County School District)
Sarah Flannery moves on to the next round (Photo courtesy: Flagler County School District)

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – It’s looks like a piano but sounds different, and is a little more difficult to spell. But Indian Trails Middle School eighth-grader Sarah Flannery had no trouble spelling harpsichord Thursday night.

After 16 rounds, Sarah earned the title of Flagler County Spelling Bee Champion. Madison Bernhauser, a sixth-grader at Old Kings Elementary School, was the runner-up.

Top spellers from across Flagler County gathered at Wadsworth Elementary School to take part in the spelling bee. In all, 16 students in fifth through eighth grades competed, representing the five elementary schools and two middle schools as well as Imagine School Town Center.

Sarah will now represent Flagler County in the 73rd Annual Regional Spelling Bee, which will be hosted by the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville next month.

The winner of that competition will then go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held in the Washington, D.C. area in the spring.