Island spelling champion Spencer Pogue made a good showing in competition with 281 spellers Wednesday at the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Spencer, a sixth-grader at the Edgartown School, represented the Island at the National Bee as the winner of Martha’s Vineyard Schools Spelling Bee held March 14. As number 114 in the national Bee, Spencer correctly spelled the word “corpuscle” in a preliminary round two Wednesday morning. Although he gave it a valiant try, he misspelled the word “deaerate” in round three yesterday afternoon.
The Martha’s Vineyard Times sponsors the Island spelling bee annually and underwrites the cost of the trip to the national Bee for the champion and a chaperone. Spencer and his dad, Steve Pogue, attended the Bee this week at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., along the shores of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C.
Spencer’s mom, Kathy, sisters Paige and Molly, and classmates at Edgartown School cheered him on as they watched a live broadcast on ESPN. Semifinals and championship finals take place on Thursday, May 29, and also will be broadcast on ESPN.