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LMS Student Wins State Spelling Bee!

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LMS Student Wins State Spelling Bee!
Posted on 06/05/2020
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Competing from her bedroom in the virtual Maine State Spelling Bee on June 4, Lincoln Middle-School seventh-grader Rose Bolduc fought through 32 rounds to win the contest and become Maine’s 2020 Spelling Bee champion.

The bee was unusual this year due to COVID-19, according to the Portland Press Herald, one of its sponsors. The original in-person contest, set for March 21 at the University of Southern Maine, was canceled. It then was revived in this week’s virtual contest.

Rose, the 2020 Cumberland County Spelling Bee champion after winning that contest Feb. 10, was among 12 of the 15 county champions competing in the state bee. Instead of being together on a stage, they each took part virtually from their homes on the honor system.

Lincoln teachers Antona Briley and David Santoro described the contest: “Rose was up against many returning Maine State Spelling Bee contestants this year, including last year's state champion. The competition went for 31 rounds before her champion word in round 32: opine. She also had to spell words such as Xerox and decoction,” the teachers said. “Rose's intellect, quiet confidence, perseverance and poise have been just a few of the qualities that brought her success in this competition!”

They said Rose, who will start eighth grade in the fall, has been involved in Lincoln’s spelling bee since sixth grade and each time went on to the Cumberland County Spelling Bee. “She is an avid reader and writer and along with her spelling skills, she plays the viola in our school orchestra,” the teachers said.

Usually, the Maine State champion goes on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but that event is canceled this year for safety reasons. Rose is a hometown hero, however.

As her teachers put it: “We are so proud of you, Rose!”

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with 6,750 students this year, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students – 35 percent – come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 60 languages. About 53 percent of the district’s students are white and 47 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced school lunch.

Read Portland Press Herald story about Rose’s win HERE