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Hancock County Spelling Bee

Twenty-six champion spellers from 13 schools competed in the Hancock County Spelling Bee February 1 at Hancock Village Grammar School before eighth grader Colin Aponte, of Downeast Homeschool Co-op, emerged as the winner. He will compete at the state bee at the University of Southern Maine on May 24.

Julia Traub

Julia Traub

Sixth grade Bay School student Julia Traub correctly spells ‘fickle.’

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Champion spellers

Champion spellers

Eighth grader Colin Aponte and his sister, fifth grader Rebecca Aponte, went head-to-head for 22 rounds before Colin emerged as the winner.

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Lucas Robinson

Lucas Robinson

Sixth grader Lucas Robinson of Penobscot competes in the county bee.

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Mason Perkins

Mason Perkins

Seventh grader Mason Perkins of Penobscot navigates the early rounds.

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Jack Gray

Jack Gray

Brooksville eighth grader Jack Gray competes in the county bee.

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Thea Crowley

Thea Crowley

Thea Crowley, a seventh grader from Bay School, competes at the county bee while Penobscot’s Mason Perkins, left, and Colin Aponte wait their turn.

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