Haines’ eighth-grader Aurora Alten-Huber came in second at the Alaska State Spelling Bee on Tuesday. She tied for second place after apparently missing the word licentiate, meaning a person who has a license granted specifically by a university to practice a profession.
Alten-Huber won the Haines School spelling bee earlier this month with the word auriferous.
The winner of the state bee was fifth-grader Camden Armstrong from Rogers Park Elementary in Anchorage. He will now go on to represent Alaska at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.
According to the family’s spelling bee fundraising page, Alten-Huber made it to the fourth round at State last year, placing 16th overall.
Her mother, Helen Alten, wrote on the website that Aurora “has been working all year on word roots and unusual words. Every year she gets better and better.”
Aurora has won her school spelling bee four times.