Eighth grader tops field in Miller spelling bee


Pictured are the top finishers in the Miller Middle School spelling bee held on January 11. At center is first place winner Locke Bloomquist. Tying for runner up were Kaiden McWilliams, left, and Juan Morales, right.

Miller Middle School eighth grader Locke Bloomquist won the school’s 2019 spelling bee after six rounds of competition on January 11. Bloomquist topped the field of 20 finalists and the championship round word he spelled correctly was astonishment.

Tying for runner up were Juan Morales and Kaiden McWilliams.

Bloomquist advances to the regional spelling bee to be held March 2 at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. The winner of the regional bee will receive an expenses-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Hosting the bee was Miller teacher Lucas Johnson and Instructional Coach Jen O’Neal while judges were Miller teachers Sarah Benscoter, Shea Hill and Rebecca Callahan.

View more photos from this event on the school district Facebook page.