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Nickerson and Desjardins tops in SAD 27 district spelling bee

FORT KENT, Maine — Without a sign of “exasperation,” Valley Rivers Middle School eighth-grade student Madeline Nickerson took the top spot in the SAD 27 District Finals Spelling Bee on Thursday.

After many rounds of competition that began with 22 students and included uncommon words such as “agog,” “Bollywood,” and “cyclops,” only Nickerson and Carter Desjardins remained standing in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room at the University of Maine at Fort Kent where the event was held.

Desjardins, a fifth grader at Fort Kent Elementary School nearly took home the win, but Nickerson emerged victorious in the end after successfully spelling the word “exasperation.”

All of the district bee competitors had previously won first or second place in classroom spelling bees at the middle and elementary schools to advance to Thursday’s event.

Nickerson’s parents are Joyce and Philip Nickerson. Desjardins’ parents are Christy Madore and James Desjardins.

Both Nickerson and Desjardins will represent SAD 27 in the Aroostook County Spelling Bee to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at UMFK’s Fox Auditorium. Members of the public and spelling enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

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