2022 Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

2022 Spelling Bee Champion Crowned
Posted on 02/04/2022
2022 Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

It took five rounds, plus a Championship word to crown this year’s Flagler Schools Spelling Bee winner, Thursday night in the Buddy Taylor Middle School cafeteria. After he finished spelling Richter scale, Buddy Taylor Middle School 7th grader Spencer Edelstein was all smiles. He now goes on to represent the district in the 78th Annual First Coast Regional Spelling Bee in Jacksonville on April 1.


SpencerSpencer correctly spelled knife, brocade, quatrains, and katabatic. But he says his 3rd round word, padre, was the most difficult. “I couldn’t hear the pronunciation clearly on the stage. When it was used in a sentence, I knew exactly what it was, but I wasn’t 100% sure until then.”


Spencer’s mother, Cheryl Edelstein, says her son studied non-stop for the competition. She says he’s also planning on dual enrolling with Daytona State College next fall.


Flagler Schools thanks this year’s sponsor, WJXT-TV.


The 2022 District Spelling Bee video is available on the Flagler Schools videos page.

The following students represented their schools in this year’s District Spelling Bee:

Name School Grade
Sophia Esposito Belle Terre Elementary 5
Tiago De Oliveira Belle Terre Elementary 6
Spencer Edelstein Buddy Taylor Middle 7
Holly Kittrell  Buddy Taylor Middle 8
Lisset Arroyo  Bunnell Elementary 5
Gray Parkins Bunnell Elementary 6
Jonny Harnisch  Christ the King Lutheran 5
Hannah Rimpel  Christ the King Lutheran 8
Sophia Zambrano  iFlagler Virtual 5
Tyler Peeples  Indian Trails Middle 7
Alec Riley  Indian Trails Middle 8
Lauren Rutledge  Old Kings Elementary 5
Justin Gillespie  Old Kings Elementary 6
Xavier Duque  Rymfire Elementary 5
Zenae Mills  Rymfire Elementary 6
Aubrey Marino  Wadsworth Elementary 5
Holden Carleton  Wadsworth Elementary 6

2022 District Spelling Bee
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