So. Burlington student wins state spelling bee
STAFF REPORT | March 20,2014
Liam Lustberg bested 40 other students from across Vermont to win the Vermont Spelling Bee on Wednesday.
Lustberg, an eighth-grader from Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, will now compete against top spellers from every other state in the nation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June.
The winning word was “pogrom,” a noun which means “an organized massacre and looting of helpless people usually with the connivance of officials.” Lustberg pronounced and spelled the winning word correctly in round 26.
Lucinda Storz, a fifth-grader at Thaddeus Stevens School in Lyndon Center, came in second. Isabelle Petrucci, a seventh-grader at Albert D. Lawton Middle School in Essex Junction, came in third.
In addition to advancing to the national spelling bee, Lustberg received a trophy and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by FairPoint Communications, The Times Argus and Rutland Herald, Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Principals Association and Vermont Agency of Education.
Bob Johnson of the VPA introduced the event, which was held in the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael’s College. David Moats of The Times Argus and Rutland Herald served as pronouncer for the event.
Judges were Peter Gilbert, Vermont Humanities Council executive director; Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint Communications state president; and Steve Pappas, The Times Argus editor.