Alexis Condon wins Edgartown School spelling bee

The spelling bee featured multiple rounds and multiples among the contestants, that included (left to right): twins Alexis and Mackenzie Condon, and triplets Molly, Paige, and Spencer Pogue. — Photo by Gail Gardner

Alexis Condon buzzed in as the winner and her twin sister Mackenzie was the runner-up at the Edgartown School’s 2012 Spelling Bee on February 24.

As close in competition as in sisterhood, the fifth-grade twins battled it out for 17 rounds. Alexis, who is one minute older than Mackenzie, maintained her birth order status as first by spelling the winning word “gratitude.”

The 2012 contest stands out as a first in Edgartown School’s spelling bee history, with twins and also triplets — fourth-graders Paige, Molly, and Spencer Pogue — competing.

Other contestants included sixth-graders Tomori Buchanan-Jimo and Sam Rollins; seventh-graders Ava Thors and Anna Keenan; and eight-graders Nils Aldeborgh and Connor Donnelly.

Edgartown School gave each contestant a gift certificate from the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven. As the winner, Alexis also received a new Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

She and her sister also enjoyed a celebration after school with a few friends at Henry’s at the Harbor View Hotel, courtesy of their mom, Carlene Gatting. In a phone conversation with The Times on Friday, Ms. Gatting said she told her daughters they could order whatever favorite food they wanted, and they chose fried oysters and chocolate chip cookies.

Unfortunately their dad, Fred Condon, was out of town during the big event. He did receive a detailed account from the girls when he got home Thursday night, Ms. Gatting said.

Alexis will represent Edgartown School at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional Spelling Bee on March 23 at the regional high school’s Performing Arts Center. The competition includes spelling bee winners from the five Island elementary schools, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, and the home school community.

The Martha’s Vineyard Times sponsors the regional Bee and underwrites the cost of a trip for the winner and a chaperone to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in the spring near Washington, D.C.