TROY -- Cookson Elementary School fifth-grade student Alexandra Schieltz outlasted 11 other spellers through 30 rounds to capture the championship trophy in the Troy District Spelling Bee Thursday in the Troy High School auditorium.
Concord Elementary School fifth-grade student Max Erdahl took second place.
In one of the longest spelling bees in recent memory, it came down to Schieltz and Erdahl, who battled back and forth for several rounds before Schieltz was able to correctly spell “cohesive” in round 30, then spell “insignia” correctly as her championship word to bring home the city title.
Schieltz is the daughter of Jenna Schieltz and Kyle Holzhauer. Erdahl is the son of Lisa and Kendall Erdahl.
The following students participated in the city-wide spelling bee: Sarah Zickafoose (Forest Elementary School), Justin Short (Heywood Elementary School), Jadelynn Dowty (Hook Elementary School), Jaden Bryant (Kyle Elementary School), Mitchell Sargent (Van Cleve Sixth Grade Building), Matthew Stamps (Troy Junior High School), Ella Mathews (Troy Christian Elementary School), Sadie Stout (Troy Christian Junior High School), Natalie Tremblay (St. Patrick School) and Maddalena Patton (Miami Montessori).
Each student who participated Thursday was the spelling bee champion at his or her respective school.