Eighth-grader takes third place in Monterey County spelling bee

Marina, an eighth-grader at Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School, placed third in the Countywide Spelling Bee on March 4.

She earned the spot at the bee after winning Catalina's middle school contest in February, which featured nine students (three each from grades 6-8) tackling words like carillon, natatorium, and thurible.

The school bee went 17 rounds—so long that the student audience had to be dismissed for the day while Marina and runner-up Anika (grade 7) continued to spar for the top spot. Marina won the school bee with the word “glance.”

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