Holy Family teen buzzes to top spot in spelling bee

In a subdued celebration of her victory, Maura Lake, 13, smiles slightly and sways back and forth with her thumbs in her pockets after winning the Mesa County District 51 Spelling Bee Saturday at Bookcliff Middle School by spelling the word “cephalopod” correctly. Maura is a seventh grade student at Holy Family Catholic School. Second place went to Leila Espinoza, 11, a sixth-grader at Redlands Middle School.



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In a subdued celebration of her victory, Maura Lake, 13, smiles slightly and sways back and forth with her thumbs in her pockets after winning the Mesa County District 51 Spelling Bee Saturday at Bookcliff Middle School by spelling the word “cephalopod” correctly. Maura is a seventh grade student at Holy Family Catholic School. Second place went to Leila Espinoza, 11, a sixth-grader at Redlands Middle School.

The word was “unctuous,” and it really was: an oily, overly smooth Eddie Haskell of a word, radiating smugness. “Can you repeat the word?” asked Camila Moreno, 12, a…




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