(LOUISVILLE) – Quentin Voigtschild, 13, of Bedford placed fourth in the Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee on Saturday.
He took home a trophy, $25 Amazon gift card and $1,500 savings bond.
Quentin was the 2019 WBIW Lawrence County Spelling Bee Champion. He received a $100 cash prize provided by Bedford Federal Savings Bank and the opportunity to move on to the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee.
Quentin is the son of Brent and Kathy Voigtschild of Bedford. His favorite subject is math; he is currently studying Algebra. Quentin contributes his math and spelling success to his Mother, Kathy, an engineer and who also homeschools all the Voigtschild children. Quentin is one of five children in the Voigtschild family home.
Quentin correctly spelled “arctic,” “toboggan,” “jalopy,” “lugubrious,” “solecism,” “traipse” and “sabbatical” before missing on the word, “pentathlon.” That placed him in a spell-off for third and fourth place, He correctly spelled “phenomenon,” but missed “beleaguer.”
Sixty-one of the top spellers from Kentucky and southern Indiana competed in the bee at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville.