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Reece Brantley Wins HMS Spelling Bee With 'Translucent'

Posted 1/11/2018

By Jared JanzenREECE Brantley, center, was the winner of this year’s spelling bee at Halstead Middle School. Runners-up were, from left, Jae Peterson, Ona Heck, Carly Zrubek and Maliha Maknojia. REECE Brantley, center, was the winner of this year’s spelling bee at Halstead Middle School. Runners-up were, from left, Jae Peterson, Ona Heck, Carly Zrubek and Maliha Maknojia.

HALSTEAD—If you need help spelling a word, just ask seventh-grader Reece Brantley.

He correctly spelled 10 words during Halstead Middle School’s spelling bee last Thursday to win.

“It wasn’t too difficult because I studied a lot,” Brantley said, adding that he felt prepared going in. He said his most difficult word of the day was “boroughs,” the second-to-last word he was given.

The next step for Brantley will be to compete in the Harvey County Spelling Bee against the winners from other middle schools in the county.

A total of 17 students took part in Halstead Middle School’s spelling bee this year. After six rounds, only five of the original competitors remained, which were fourth-graders Carly Zrubek and Maliha Maknojia, fifth-grader Jae Peterson, eighth-grader Ona Heck plus Brantley.

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