Spellers from across Middle Tennessee squared off Thursday in Massey Performing Arts Center for the annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. Forty-one students in fifth through eighth grades competed, with the winner receiving an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national bee.
The annual event is co-sponsored by the New Century Journalism Program and The Tennessean. The winning word, spelled correctly by Davidson County 8th grade homeschooler Clark Hubbard, was “mugient,” an adverb meaning “lowing, bellowing.”
Judges for this year’s event were New Century Journalism faculty members Dr. Sybril Bennett and Dorren Robinson, and English Assistant Professor Sue Trout.