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Two Petersburg youngsters compete in state spelling bee


Photo courtesy of Carissa Cotta

Mitkof Middle School Spelling Bee finalists Brooklyn Dormer (left), Madison Whitethorn (center) and Adrianna Stough (right). Pronouncer Sue Paulsen and principal Rick Dormer also stand on stage.

Two Petersburg students participated in this year's Scripps Spelling Bee at the performing arts center in Anchorage.

The national spelling program held March 22 pit 142 elementary and middle school youngsters from across the state in the contest.

Fourth grader Aidan Cotta participated as a winner from Stedman Elementary School and eighth grader Brooklyn Dormer represented Mitkof Middle School.

"Being at the performing arts center was exciting and overwhelming at the same time," Aidan Cotta said. "I was getting a little nervous since I was competing against students up to eighth grade, an...

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