ST. CROIX — Sixteen spellers battled it out Thursday for the championship title at the District Spelling Bee on St. Croix with the hopes of competing in the territorial competition next month.

In the end, last year’s winner Michael Atwell of Good Hope Country Day School rose to the top once again after spelling the winning word, “disproportionate.”

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