A battle of words


Brubaker, 11, wins 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]



Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Hook Elementary School fifth grade student Josh Brubaker won the 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee Thursday at Troy High School.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News After winning the 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee on Thursday at Troy High School, Josh Brubaker, a fifth grade student at Hook Elementary School, shakes hands with Van Cleve sixth grader Marco Zhang, who was runner-up.


TROY — In today’s world full of iPads and touchscreen tablets, Hook Elementary School fifth grader Josh Brubaker rattled off “cartouches” — the Troy City Spelling Bee’s champion word — like he used the term on a daily basis.

On Thursday, Brubaker, 11, spelled “cartouches” correctly after a 16-word battle with Van Cleve sixth grade student Marco Zhang. A cartouche is a carved table or drawing representing a scroll which bears an inscription such as Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Brubaker isn’t a stranger to the spotlight on the spelling stage. He represented Hook Elementary School last year in the district-wide spelling bee.

“Mostly, I just study,” said Brubaker about his spelling strategy. “It was kind of scary, but once I spelled my first word, it was fun.”

Brubaker was tapped as champion after Zhang tripped up misspelling “Celsius.” Brubaker shook hands with Zhang after the spelling match was complete.

Although they are natural wordsmiths, both Brubaker and Zhang shared that they prefer math as their favorite subject in school.

Brubaker is the son of Suzanne and Ron Brubaker of Troy.

The 2016 Troy City Schools Spelling Bee was held at the Troy High School auditorium. Brubaker will represent the district at the regional spelling bee next month.

The following students participated in the 2016 Troy City School Spelling Bee: Troy Junior High School — Ian Carroll; Troy Christian Elementary School — Cameron DeBerry; Kyle Elementary School — Hannah Duff; Concord Elementary School — Hallie Frigge; St. Patrick Catholic School — Katie Huelskamp; Troy Christian Junior High — Heidi Keiser; Heywood Elementary School — Bryce Massingill; Cookson Elementary School — Noelle Meiring; Forest Elementary School — Kara Steinke; and Miami Montessori — Ethan Spencer.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Hook Elementary School fifth grade student Josh Brubaker won the 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee Thursday at Troy High School.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_160114aw_Troy_Bee_Brubaker.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Hook Elementary School fifth grade student Josh Brubaker won the 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee Thursday at Troy High School.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News After winning the 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee on Thursday at Troy High School, Josh Brubaker, a fifth grade student at Hook Elementary School, shakes hands with Van Cleve sixth grader Marco Zhang, who was runner-up.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_160114aw_Troy_Bee_Marco.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News After winning the 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee on Thursday at Troy High School, Josh Brubaker, a fifth grade student at Hook Elementary School, shakes hands with Van Cleve sixth grader Marco Zhang, who was runner-up.
Brubaker, 11, wins 2016 Troy District Spelling Bee

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

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