On Wednesday of this past week the finals of the Tandem Scripps National Spelling Bee were held. After going through 140 words overall and twenty-five initial contestants, 6th grader Connor Powell, after a number of clutch conjectures, came out on top. He won on the word "garbanzo." Josie Muss took third place in the competition, and Ari Hicks, who gave Connor a lengthy run for his money, took second. Our Tandem spellers should be most proud of their accomplishments. Connor will now represent Tandem at the regional bee competition on March 9th, which will be held at Albemarle High School. Thanks to Mark Goldstein for setting up the audio equipment, and Anne Deane, alum Dylan McAuley (TFS '14), and and alum Sophie Caplin (TFS '14), who acted as judges in this year's event.