Osakis speller finishes fourth at state
It took a tricky word — schottische — to snap the spelling streak of Osakis eighth grader, Isaac Maddock.
Maddock was the winner of the Osakis School Spelling Bee on Jan. 15 and placed second out of 30 competitors in the Regional Bee in Fergus Falls Feb. 5 to advance to the multi-region State Spelling Bee on Feb. 19.
Mattock, going up against 21 regional winners, made it all the way into the top four before he was tripped up with schottische, a slow polka believed to have originated in Bohemia.
"He did a fantastic job," said Susan Ward of Lakes Country Service Cooperative in Fergus Falls, which hosted the competition. "We were very impressed with how he handled the challenges of the words he received and how he worked through them to get it right."
The winner of the multi-region State Spelling Bee advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.