An endeavor to remember
Seventh grader Scott Ellefson had a memorable "endeavor" at the annual Osakis Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
That was the word he spelled to win the event.
It took 15 rounds to determine the champion.
Ellefson and second place finisher, Isaac Maddock, last year's winner, battled through words like dragoons, mandible, taxidermy, propaganda, conundrum, piteously, facilitate, parenthetical and germinate before Maddock slipped up on subterranean.
Ellefson then won the competition by spelling petulance, followed by endeavor.
The third place winner was Stephy Marthaler.
A total of 20 spellers from fifth through eighth grade qualified for the event.
Tina Eberly, Osakis language arts teacher, was the local coordinator for the bee. Al Edenloff and Roberta Olson of the Osakis Review assisted at the event, which was attended by students, parents and family members.
Ellefson will now represent the Osakis School District at the Regional Spelling Bee scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Fergus Falls.