Marathon Day for Blue Hill’s Stellar Speller Includes Two State Titles, Stage Performance

BLUE HILL — Last Saturday started early for Imogen Page. It had to.

Before day’s end, she would participate in and win two state championships, travel from her home in East Blue Hill to the southern tip of Maine and perform on stage at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium in a Broadway national-tour production of the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Page, an eighth-grade student at Blue Hill Consolidated School, said she awoke last Saturday morning at 5:30 in order to catch the bus to the State Middle School Jazz Festival in Newport.

The BHCS Jazz Band took the stage at 9:20 a.m. and performed for 25 minutes. Page played tenor sax and clarinet, including a clarinet solo. She left the festival at 10:30, hours before the BHCS Jazz Band would be crowned state champions.

Page headed to Trinity Catholic School in Lewiston for the State Spelling Bee. They arrived at 1 p.m., 30 minutes before the start of the bee.

Page then became Maine’s spelling champion by out-spelling 12 other county winners from across the state.

Page and her entourage left Lewiston headed to Portland, where Page appeared on stage as Maine’s reigning spelling bee champion in a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Following the performance, Page and her family and friends checked into a hotel for the night, then returned to Blue Hill Sunday.

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Nicole Ouellette

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