Niwot resident Eva Kitlen is quite the speller. The 14-year-old won the Boulder Valley School District Regional Spelling Bee this year – tackling the word “charlatan” in the 18th round – and advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., for the second year in a row.
Eva made it to the big stage this time, spelling and defining her way to the semifinals round. She was eliminated after incorrectly spelling “cabotinage”, but she did Boulder County proud.
Eva came in 19th place out of 281 national contestants. The Camera was proud to play a small role in her success.
“Thank you to the Daily Camera in assisting the sponsorship for me to go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was an absolutely incredible experience and I have learned so much through the journey,” Eva wrote. “I hope you continue to sponsor the Bee so other spellers can benefit from this experience as well.”
That’s our plan and our privilege, Eva. Congratulations on your admirable performance, and thank you for being such an exemplary representative of Boulder County.
The Daily Camera is proud to sponsor the Boulder Valley School District Regional Spelling Bee and the winner’s trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, as well as 120 other local community events and organizations with our time, talent and $2 million of support every year.