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The district finals were held Jan. 20 at Liberty Junior High School. Cameron Makswiej a 6th grader at McCord School won the honor of being the 2016 District 111 Spelling Champion. Malak Elbu a 6th grader at Tobin School was the runner-up.
The winning word for the spelling bee was “oubliette” which is defined as 'a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling.'
Cameron will represent District 111 at the South Cook ISC Bee sometime in early February at Central Middle School in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Three students from the South Cook ISC Final will advance to the 2016 ComEd Regional ISC Spelling Bee, which will be held the evening of Feb. 17. The winner will advance to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee finals held in Washington D.C. in May.
Winners from each District 111 school: