2018-01-13 / Community Life

It all came down to ‘ichthyosaurus’


Finalists for the annual Coudersport Area PTSA spelling bee are shown here (from left): front -- Josie Chang and Taylor Grossman; back -- Leah Lazurek and Lauren Ross. Leah qualified for regional competition in Pittsburgh, and is hoping to qualify for the national finals. Finalists for the annual Coudersport Area PTSA spelling bee are shown here (from left): front -- Josie Chang and Taylor Grossman; back -- Leah Lazurek and Lauren Ross. Leah qualified for regional competition in Pittsburgh, and is hoping to qualify for the national finals. Another successful spelling bee was held by the Coudersport Area PTSA for students in grades 1-6.

When the final spelling was pronounced, Leah Lazurek and Josie Chang were the last contestants standing.

Leah, the daughter of Joe and Michelle Lazurek, earned the title for grades 4-6. She emerged after a marathon 27- round match with runner-up Lauren Ross by correctly spelling ichthyosaurus. Lauren, the daughter of David and Rebecca Ross, finally fell when she misfired on coquelicot.

Leah moves on to the 68th annual Western Pennsylvania Scripps Spelling Bee this March in Pittsburgh, hoping to earn a berth in June’s national finals.

Josie, the daughter of Hi and Angela Chang, took first place in a spell-off with runner-up Taylor Grossman, the daughter of Meghan and Matt Grossman.

Retired faculty members Linda Castano, Jeanne Mancia, Kay Heffner and Teena Erway volunteered to help with the competition. Janel Smith was the judge.

Coudersport Area PTSA provides a financial award to help the winner cover traveling expenses.

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