Defending champ Kim Belser wins Valley View spelling title, again
BOLINGBROOK — Humphrey Middle School eighth-grader Kim Belser, who represented Will County at the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. last year, will get another shot at being Will County champion this year after winning Tuesday night’s Valley View School District Spelling Bee.
Belser correctly spelled “geode” in the 17th round after Lukancic Middle School eighth-grader Elizabeth Zahorick misspelled “homburg” in the 16th round. Humphrey sixth-grader John Belser, Kim’s brother, finished third, going out on the word “sachem” in round 13.
Kim Belser and Zahorick, who finished first and second in last year’s Valley View Spelling Bee, both qualified for the Will County Spelling Bee, which will be held at 6 p.m. March 7 at Lewis University.
Also qualifying for county were Martinez Middle School eighth-grader Rory Richards, Jane Addams Middle School eighth-grader Edward Owusu, and Brooks Middle School eighth-grader Malina Bun.
The Will County winner will advance to the National Spelling Bee.
Kim Belser spelled 17 words correctly including hydraulic, biblical, motif, caballero, roughhewn, stucco, kipper, disparage, muslin, comportment, geranium, Diablo, taiga, pantheon, stoic and isobar.
Zahorick spelled 15 words correctly including insurrection, pesto, apathy, vernacular, nether, ardent, perennial, origami, guru, philanthropy, adamant, stenographer, embarcadero, antipasto and asterisk.
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