AIKEN – During the many hours of practice leading up to the Aiken County Spelling Bee, Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School eighth-grader Mallory Zinger had a bit of trouble with several words.
“Gestapo” was one of them.
Monday night at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, however, with a spelling bee victory and a trip to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in February hanging in the balance, Mallory had no trouble at all.
After correctly spelling “lunatic” she followed up with “gestapo” to secure the 2018 Aiken County title.
“That was a word I had really been stuck on because I really didn’t understand it, but I just kept going over it and going over it and when I heard it today I knew how to spell it this time,” said Mallory, one of 13 competitors. “I was really nervous at first and shaking all over, but towards the end I was fine and at the end I was in shock.”
Mallory received a commemorative plaque, an iPad Pro, and a $100 Apple iTunes gift card. She’ll also represent her school district in Washington, D.C., in February at the National Spelling Bee.
Rena Humes, of J.D. Lever Elementary School, was the spelling bee’s runner-up, and received a commemorative plaque and a $100 Apple iTunes gift card. Ellis Waters of North Augusta Middle School finished third.