While some of the words were "pragmatic," others breezed through the competition such as "appetite," "diminish," "mildew" and "peninsula."
Photos by Amanda Gragert Holly Rose of Mendenhall RIver Community School gives a look of frustration as she realizes her spelling error of the word "protein."
"I was pretty nervous, but after he got quarantine wrong, I knew I had a chance to win," Wrightson said. "When they said 'colossal' I knew it right away."
Photos by Amanda Gragert Olivia VanKirk of Glacier Valley Elementary School carefully considers each word during her turn at the annual Juneau School District spelling bee, which was held Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Riverbend Elementary School.
"Last year I practiced all of the time, like every day," Wrightson said. "I maybe studied for five minutes all year this time." The 10-year-old said he is naturally good at spelling and credits it to much reading.