After Oakes had vanquished her peers, her winning word was “millennium,” a few of the judges (Mr. Martin, Ms. Busby, Ms. Sliz, and Ms. McCarthy) attempted to see if they were “smarter than a seventh grader.” They weren’t! Oakes, who was obviously on her game, dispatched the quartet of educators with “impudent, concomitant, zigzaggedness, lugubrious,” and the winning word that sealed the deal was (appropriately enough for the final losing teacher), “woebegone.”
Oakes has now qualified for the Colorado State Spelling Bee in Denver on Friday, March 11. She will be competing against the winners from every middle school in the state. If she is successful there, it’s on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June. Congratulations! Go Eva!