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District Spelling Bee Results: 2023

District Spelling Bee Results: 2023
Flagler Schools

16 spellers. 16 rounds. 105 words.

In the end, Buddy Taylor Middle School 8th-grader Mitchell Spencer Edelstein had the stamina to survive the challenge and emerged as the Flagler Schools Spelling Bee Champion for the second consecutive year.

The championship word? S-t-a-m-i-n-a.

When did he know he won?

“Right when they gave me the word,” said Edelstein. “I knew it right away. I’ve been studying these words for the last few months. I woke up today and knew the Spelling Bee was tonight, and grabbed my word list and kept studying.”

Christ the King Lutheran School 5th-grader Teddy Totten was runner-up. The word “affluent” tripped him up.

Edelstein now moves on to the 79th Annual First Coast Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held in Jacksonville on March 31, 2023. 

The recording of the 2023 Spelling Bee can be viewed below or on the Flagler Schools Videos website. 

School/Grade Spelling Bee Champions

  • Puthiheureka Men, Belle Terre Elementary School, 5th grade
  • Alexander Belinskiy, Buddy Taylor Middle School, 6th grade
  • Savannah Brown, Buddy Taylor Middle School, 7th grade
  • Mitchell Spencer Edelstein, Buddy Taylor Middle School, 8th grade
  • Larry Covington, Bunnell Elementary School, 5th grade
  • Theodore Totten, Christ the King Lutheran School, 5th grade
  • Evren Kabir, Christ the King Lutheran School, 6th grade
  • Sophia Zambrano, iFlagler, 6th grade
  • Alexander Langer, Imagine School at Town Center, 5th grade
  • Adylyn Kirks, Imagine School at Town Center, 6th grade
  • Maya Rowicka, Imagine School at Town Center, 7th grade
  • Kaitlynnan Libby, Imagine School at Town Center, 8th grade
  • Alyssa Rogers, Indian Trails Middle School, 6th grade
  • Jaeden Gorcheck, Indian Trails Middle School, 7th grade
  • Rafaella Ribeiro, Indian Trails Middle School, 8th grade
  • Sophia Campbell, Old Kings Elementary School, 5th grade
  • Brighlynn Urbaez, Rymfire Elementary School, 5th grade
  • Jasmine Soler, Wadsworth Elementary School, 5th grade
Two adults flanking Spelling Bee winner

Flagler Schools administrators Kristin Frank and Celeste Ackerman congratulate 2023 Spelling Bee champ Mitchell Spencer Edelstein.

Female student stands on stage before an audience

Sophia Zambrano, a middle school student at iFlagler, takes her turn spelling a word before a captive audience.

Spelling Bee contenders lined up on a stage.

Top spellers from Flagler County's elementary and middle schools vied in the annual Spelling Bee competition.

Boy wearing glasses and green shirt at lectern.

Buddy Taylor Middle School student Alexander Belinskiy tackles one of the words.

Female student at lectern.

Old Kings Elementary School speller Sophia Campbell.

Student smiling at lectern

Buddy Taylor Middle School student Mitchell Spencer Edelstein reacts after correctly spelling "stamina."