The Friedmann Room was packed on Thursday night of February 25 to watch and cheer for the fourteen students competed in Amherst College's First Annual Spelling Bee. Dean of Students Alex Vasquez, Professor Rob Benedetto, and Student Affairs Case Manager Andy Tew presided over the Bee as judges.
After many thrilling rounds of spelling, Jay Drain, Jr. and Johnny Erdman were left as the top two spellers. Each had consistently impressed the crowd throughout the night. Drain's correct words up to that point included pasteurize, apartheid, meticulosity, and quisling; Erdman's included tertiary, chlorophyll, anachronism, gynarchy, and patina.
In the championship round, Drain was tripped up by mawkish. Erdman was able to correctly spell semaphore to claim the title of First Annual Amherst College Spelling Bee Champion!
Congratulations to all!