Top Speller Named for Flagler County

Top Speller Named for Flagler County
Posted on 01/09/2020

He knew it as soon as he was given the word. Nothing could “extinguish” the pride Caleb Rimpel had once the 2020 Flagler Schools Spelling Bee ended. The 8th grader from Christ the King Lutheran School was the final speller among 15 other competitors at the end of six rounds and a championship round.

Caleb said he wasn’t sure about the word that got him into the championship round though. “Marooned. I thought I had put it with two ‘r’s.’” He didn’t, of course, so he’s headed to the 76th Annual First Coast Spelling Bee to be held in Jacksonville February, 27th.

Caleb also admits to what many of our county’s winning spellers tell us each year: he didn’t practice much. Rachel Rimpel, Caleb’s mom shrugged her shoulders and agreed with her son. “He did not study at all,” she tells us. “He’s an avid reader. He knows what he’s doing.”

Xander Lascano, a 5th grader from Bunnell Elementary School and Robert Yost, an Old King’s Elementary School 6th grader tied for runner up this year. You can bet they’ll be able to spell “duopoly” and “marsupial” respectively for the rest of their lives.

Flagler Schools congratulates all our spellers who took part in this year’s competition. This year's Spelling Bee is sponsored by WJXT-TV. Caleb Rimpel © 2019 Flagler County Public Schools.