Hancock student places fourth at Maine State Spelling Bee

HANCOCK — Hancock Grammar School student Makenna McDevitt put up a strong fight March 25 at the Maine State Spelling Bee.

Representing Hancock County, McDevitt competed against nine other students and finished in fourth place at the bee that was held virtually (for the second year in a row) due to the pandemic.

Competing in 11 out of the bee’s 15 rounds, McDevitt spelled “several words, including ‘permafrost’ and ‘meddlesome,’” reported Wanda Gatcomb, Hancock Grammar School’s gifted and talented teacher. Gatcomb also helps coordinate the spelling bees.

It was in round 11 that McDevitt was eliminated after spelling the word ‘incursion’ incorrectly. 

Gatcomb noted that Oliver Brown, who represented Cumberland County, was declared the winner and will compete at the national bee in June. 

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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