Watersmeet student wins Upper Peninsula Spelling Bee

Pictured: 2019 U.P. Spelling Bee winner, Annabelle Besonen.

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Upper Peninsula Spelling Bee took place Thursday afternoon at Negaunee High School.

The event has been going on for almost 40 years. The finals feature a winner and runner up from eight separate U.P Regional competitions.

Students were given a list of 200 words they could memorize, but were also given words off a list they have not seen.

Organizers say that the competition prepares the students for the future in a variety of ways.

"I think that first of all it teaches them some self discipline to study these words and share it with their classmates and get along with their classmates," said Bill Hartman, Community School Director for Ispeming, Negaunee, and NICE Community Schools. "Everybody is a winner when you get here. It's just incredible. And you know it teaches them the self discipline to work hard and respect other students and help each other."

Annabelle Besonen of Watersmeet Township Schools in Watersmeet was the winner of Thursday's event and will go on to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in mid-May.

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