Perryton, TX, February 1, 2017: After twenty rounds of competition Wednesday afternoon, last year’s Senior Spelling Bee Champion, Nicholas Battin outlasted 35 other spellers to earn the top honor once again. Battin, a sixth grader at Perryton Junior High faced some very tough competition.
The field was narrowed from 36 to just four after five rounds. Sixth grader, Tad Pshigoda dropped out in the eighth round leaving Battin, Catey Thomas and Saleen Nyman. Those three remained flawless for the next eight rounds. Then, in round 17, Nylan slipped up leaving just two.
Those two went another three rounds before Thomas missed “Legitimately”. Battin spelled that word correctly and then spelled the winning word, “Pilgrimages,” to take home the top honor.
The top six finishers all received a prize package from local merchants along with cash prizes donated by the four local banks. Tonya Sportsman finished sixth, receiving $40. Fifth place and $50 went to Detaysha Stuckey. Pshigoda earned $60 for fourth place while Nyman took $70 for third place.
An $80 prize went to Thomas for second place and Battin received $100. Nicholas will also represent Ochiltree County next month at the Regional Spelling Bee in Amarillo.
Perryton Junior High librarian, Ruth Ann Noe served as the pronouncer for the bee that was directed by PJH Principal, Janet Slaughter. Teachers Ruth Schoenhalls, Sandy Zink and Doug Shelton served as judges. Official recorders were Meagan Boxwell, Maggie Coulter and Darrie Francis.