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Story last updated at 6:22 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

King crowned WHES 'wordmeister'



STAFF REPORT

It was toe-to-toe competition for two sixth-graders at West Homer Elementary School on Oct. 20.

"Levi King and Ben Kettle dueled through several rounds at the West Homer school-wide spelling bee," said Principal Raymond Marshall.

Fifty students participated, with the competition coming down to one word — fictitious — and the two students, King and Kettle.

King, 11, is a student of Sue Brass; Kettle, also 11, is a student of Shirlie Gribble.

Neither of the students is new to spelling bee competition.

"Ben Kettle participated in West Homer's spelling bee last year and placed third," said Marshall. "Levi (King) participated in last year's bee, but did not place."

The event was organized by WHES teacher Suzanne Haines. Community volunteer Gary Thomas was the bee's pronouncer.

King will now advance to the state spelling bee in March, with Kettle the school's alternate.

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