Erin Timler won the regional spelling bee for the second year in a row Wednesday night at Bonduel High School.
For the second competition in a row, Timler, who is in eighth grade at Bonduel Middle School, faced a tough competitor, and this time, it wasn’t her younger sister.
Timler and Anna Etten, a sixth-grade student from Shawano Community Middle School in her first year of competition, squared off against each other for nearly 20 rounds of the 32-round bee before Timler achieved victory by spelling “woebegone” and “dermatology” correctly.
Timler spelled “woebegone” incorrectly at the Bonduel School District bee in January, but she said she’d been studying hard since then. Timler got that word after Etten misspelled “statuesque.”
The repeat win almost didn’t happen, though.