Cordova carves up competition to win spelling bee

David Peck

“Crookedly. C-R-O-O-K-E-D-L-Y. Crookedly.”
With that final correct spelling, Lovell Elementary School fourth grader Brett Cordova won the school spelling bee Friday morning at the LES Gym.
Cordova calmly sailed through multiple rounds of the contest as the field was gradually narrowed to the final five.
After Cordova won the contest, fourth grader Wyatt Hendershot and fifth grader Chloe Asay engaged in a spell-off for second place, and Hendershot gained the edge to place second, with Asay third.
Third grader Callie Henderson placed fourth, fifth grader Kylie Nicholls fifth.
The bee featured 27 contestants, with nine alternates ready in case needed, three plus the alternate from each third-, fourth- and fifth-grade room.