16 spellers. 16 rounds. 105 words.

In the end, Buddy Taylor Middle School 8th-grader Mitchell Spencer Edelstein had the stamina to survive the challenge and emerged as the Flagler Schools Spelling Bee Champion for the second consecutive year.

The championship word? S-t-a-m-i-n-a.

When did he know he won?

“Right when they gave me the word,” said Edelstein. “I knew it right away. I’ve been studying these words for the last few months. I woke up today and knew the Spelling Bee was tonight, and grabbed my word list and kept studying.”

Christ the King Lutheran School 5th-grader Teddy Totten was runner-up. The word “affluent” tripped him up.

Edelstein now moves on to the 79th Annual First Coast Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held in Jacksonville on March 31, 2023.

School/Grade Spelling Bee Champions

  • Puthiheureka Men, Belle Terre Elementary School, 5th grade

  • Alexander Belisnskiy, Buddy Taylor Middle School, 6th grade

  • Savannah Brown, Buddy Taylor Middle School, 7th grade

  • Mitchell Spencer Edelstein, Buddy Taylor Middle School, 8th grade

  • Larry Covington, Bunnell Elementary School, 5th grade

  • Theodore Totten, Christ the King Lutheran School, 5th grade

  • Evren Kabir, Christ the King Lutheran School, 6th grade

  • Sophia Zambrano, iFlagler, 6th grade

  • Alexander Langer, Imagine School at Town Center, 5th grade

  • Adylyn Kirks, Imagine School at Town Center, 6th grade

  • Maya Rowicka, Imagine School at Town Center, 7th grade

  • Kaitlynnan Libby, Imagine School at Town Center, 8th grade

  • Alyssa Rogers, Indian Trails Middle School, 6th grade

  • Jaeden Gorcheck, Indian Trails Middle School, 7th grade

  • Rafaella Ribeiro, Indian Trails Middle School, 8th grade

  • Sophia Campbell, Old Kings Elementary School, 5th grade

  • Brighlynn Urbaez, Rymfire Elementary School, 5th grade

  • Jasmine Soler, Wadsworth Elementary School, 5th grade