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Isabel Quinones (right), a sixth-grade student from Putnam County Junior High, won the Marshall-Putnam spelling bee Tuesday at the Henry-Senachwine High School. Eli Kovach (left), a Midland student, was the runner up. NewsTribune photo/Shannon Crawley-Serpette
HENRY — Don’t let her size fool you. Isabel Quinones may have been the shortest competitor at the Marshall-Putnam spelling bee Tuesday, but she spelled some long words. Quinones, a sixth-grade Putnam County Junior High school student, won the spelling bee after spelling monitory and forensics in the fifth round. Some of the other words she spelled included quantitative, exterminate and disparage.
She is the daughter of Carrie Quinones and Troy Comerford of Mark and Luis Quinones of Peoria. Quinones will advance to the Journal Star spelling bee in March.
“I was really nervous,” Quinones said.
She said she spent a lot of time at home practicing with her family for the spelling bee.
Runner-up was Eli Kovach, daughter of Melissa and Ed Kovach of Varna. Kovach, a student at Midland, misspelled beguiled in the fifth round.
Other students competing at the spelling bee were Mac Papini of Putnam County Junior High, Luis Gonzalez and Michael Waslesyn of Putnam County Elementary, Kallie Meyer of Midland, Hailey Smith and Alaina Tjaden of Fieldcrest West, Gregory Chromchak and Alisha Krugman of Fieldcrest East, and Jamie Rediger and Jordan Killen of Henry-Senachwine.
Shannon Crawley-Serpette can be reached at (309) 364-2268 or email@example.com.
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