Sumptuous is an adjective meaning splendid and expensive-looking. It was also the winning word in this year’s installment of The Summit’s annual Lower and Middle School Spelling Bee in Kyte Theater.
Seventh grader Sophia Nery, Mount Lookout, outlasted 13 rounds of spelling and 24 other finalists. Sophia spelled the following words correctly during the competition: town, deny, batteries, assembly, exposure, aspersions, accordance, Giza, Hyperion, diaphoresis, vinyl, agricultural and sumptuous.
Fifth grader Danny Beyerbach, Montgomery, finished up as the runner-up.
The next step for Sophia is a 50-question online test. If she scores well enough on that digital exam, she qualifies for the WCPO 9 On Your Side Spelling Bee. Qualifiers go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The Summit has a history of sending students to the bee.
Below is a complete list of students who competed in this year’s bee according to grade level.
Fourth graders: Jordan Roebel, Vivian Gibbs, Anna Wiltshire, Kiersten Diaz and Ben Hofmann.
Fifth graders: Beatrice Nery, Wyatt Gockerman, Shriyan Masineni, Emmett Hood, Danny Beyerbach.
Sixth graders: Quinn Bohmer, Sydney Brinkman, Connor Schaaf, Callie Fox and Aaron Fraley.
Seventh graders: Anneliese Brouwer, Kate McLane, Maddie Mescher, Sophia Nery, Grace Tounge and Jocelyn Lauckner.
Eighth graders: Grant Desch, Ethan Lam, Mia Cavallo and Vivi Bohmer