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Red Jacket seventh-grader wins Regional Spelling Bee

A Red Jacket Middle School seventh-grader won the 29th annual Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 20.

Tyler Wagner rose above two dozen other students to win at the spelling bee sponsored by Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES and the Finger Lakes Times. The Regional Spelling Bee brings together the winners of 14 local school district spelling bees to compete against each other, according to Finger Lakes Times.

Now, Wanger will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Wagner and runner-up Payton Cotterman, a eighth-grader from Palmyra Macedon, both admitted they didn’t study- rather, they are both avid readers. Wagner spelled the winning word “equinox” in the final round.

The National Spelling Bee will be held the week of Memorial Day with Finals on Thursday, June 2. More information on how to watch the live broadcast can be found on this website.