Lydia Smith of Goessel correctly spelled “simulcast” to win the Goessel Junior High Spelling Bee last week. She will advance to countywide competition Feb. 8 in Marion.
“I really didn’t study much,” Smith said. “I just go slow and spell the words like they sound.”
Also representing the Goessel school district and joining Smith in the next round of Scripps National Spelling Bee competition are Lanna Wagner, runner-up, and Jennifer Meysing, alternate. All three girls are seventh-grade students at Goessel Junior High.
Memorable words from their competition included “irritability,” “ingredient,” and “iconic,” they said.
Toby and Alicia Smith of rural Goessel are Smith’s parents. Doug and Gretchen Wagner of Goessel are Wagner’s parents. Greg and Darla Meysing of rural Goessel are Meysing’s parents.