|Holman Middle School student is runner-up in regional spelling|
|Monday, March 19, 2018|
Holman Middle School seventh-grader Sarah Pieper earned runner-up status in the St. Louis regional spelling bee. She was among 49 finalists selected to compete in the 32st annual St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee finals, held March 17 at McKendree University. This is the second year in a row Pieper has been named a regional finalist, and this year, she out-spelled 47 other finalists who were among an estimated 60,000 initial entrants from public, private, parochial, home and charter schools around the St. Louis metro area.
Pieper correctly spelled numerous challenging words such as Carboniferous, calcipotriene, steeve and thrips, but went out in the 11th round against the second-time champion, Alice Liu, who's now headed to the national championship in Washington, D.C. The championship word was alcheringa.
In the opening rounds of spelling bee competition, more than 60,000 students from Missouri and Illinois competed at school-level spelling bees. From there, 270 students competed in the semi-final rounds before being selected as finalists. Students had to spell at least 24 out of 25 words correctly during the semi-final round of competition in order to advance as a finalist to regionals.
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Sarah Pieper is shown with her medal after winning the Holman Middle School spelling bee.