Durnen moves on to Badger State Spelling Bee

SONY DSCKaitlin Durnen, 7th grader at DeForest Area Middle School, took first place in the CESA 2 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1.  She competed against 40 other students in the area.  The regional spelling bee went nine rounds (summarized below), until the last winning word: “Stentorian.”

Round 1: Bilateral (40 students)
Round 2: Winnable (21 students)
Round 3: Recommend (15 students)
Round 4: Gluttonous (6 students)
Round 5: Stultify (3 students)
Round 6: Felicitous (2 students)
Round 7: Palatable (2 students)
Round 8: Inferential (2 students)
Round 9: Stentorian – winner


Each February there are a series of regional spelling bees for the top spellers from schools throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.  The champion from each of the five regional bees advances to the Badger State Spelling Bee in Madison sponsored by the Wisconsin State Journal.   The state spelling bee champion represents Wisconsin in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C. Students in grades 3-8 in participating districts are eligible to compete

Kaitlin will be competing at the Badger State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 29 at Madison Area Technical College’s Mitby Theater in Madison.


Kaitlin Durnen competed in the state spelling bee at the Mitby Theater at MATC on Saturday, March 29.  She finished in a 5-way tie for 13th out of 48 students.  She went out in the 11th round and competed for 3 hours. 

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