Bryce Owen wins 2nd Salem spelling bee

SALEM- A Salem seventh grader is putting his stamp on the city spelling bee.

Bryce Owen, son of Mark and Nancy Owen, took home his second consecutive championship Friday morning, besting fellow seventh grader Mike Daley in seven rounds. Bryce also finished as runner up his fifth grade year.

“Each bee gives me more confidence,” said Bryce, who finished as second runner up in the county bee last year. He is looking to take home first at county this year too.

The county bee is being held at 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the David Anderson High School Auditorium in Lisbon. Bryce and Mike will be joined by Caemon Hill, Kaitlyn Haas, Kait Hall and Alex McFarland with alternates Lindsy Crawford and Dana Tonkinson.

Bryce, who dedicated his win to his mother, a spelling bee alumnus, won by correctly spelling “circumstantial” and “importunate” after Mike misspelled “Pavlovion.” He attributed his success to his love of spelling, noting that he studies every night, then on the eve of the bee goes over all the words given to the participants.

The bee featured 20 students, 10 from each the junior high and Southeast Elementary, as well as two alternates for each school.

The pronouncer was Gary Goddard. Judges were Mike Debarr, Bernadette Jesco and Lisa Whitacre.