Nearly perfect but not quite was the Penn High School Hoosier Spell Bowl team on Thursday, October 1, as the Kingsmen won their own invitational championship with a score of 89.out of a possible 90.
A total of 10 schools competed in the 16th annual Penn Invitational, a competition which Penn has never lost.
If the Kingsmen varsity had a serious competitor in Monday’s meet, it would have been the Penn junior varsity which posted a score of 88.
Here are the final standings for the Penn Invitational:
1.) Penn 89
2.) New Prairie 46
3.) Kouts 44
4.) East Noble 41
5.) Plymouth 39
6.) North Wood 37
7.) Garrett 21
8.) Goshen 18
8.) Logansport 18 (tie)
10.) Prairie Heights 17
Perfect varsity spellers for Penn were: Michelle Tapp, Athreya Sundaram, Muqsit Buchh, Yejee Oh, Presto George, Maggie Finnessy, Hannah Smith, Faihaan Arif and Chris Yun.
Perfect junior varsity spellers for the Kingsmen were: Amy Bernard, Alice Kwak, Chelsea Chen, Fezaan Kazi, Jaylan Jaga, Tina Lu, Hannah McGinness, Celine Wang and Ahsan Siddiqui.
Next up for the Kingsmen spellers is the Kouts Invitational #1 on October 5.
Submitted by Joe DeKeever