It was big sister’s turn again this year in a hotly contested 2016 Bonduel School District spelling bee.
Erin Timler, who won the championship two years ago but then finished second behind her younger sister last year, captured the title again Wednesday by correctly spelling “germane.”
Erin, a seventh-grade student, outdistanced 18 other competitors over the course of two hours, including runner-up Karter Schroeder, who stumbled on his final word “commodious.”
Erin’s younger sister, Abby Timler, won last year’s bee as a fourth-grader, just one year after Erin claimed her first title as a fifth-grader.
Their mother, Stacy Timler, said the family’s spelling bee dynasty leaves her feeling proud.
“They like spelling, and they like the trophies,” Stacy said. “They’re both very smart kids.”
Erin now advances to the regional spelling bee Feb. 16 at Clintonville High School, where she finished as runner-up two years ago.