Gabriel Randall is Bristol Warren's new word king


Gabriel Randall said later that he spent weeks poring over the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, reading books and brushing up on recommended words for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. It all paid off Thursday night, when the Kickemuit Middle School sixth grader won the Bristol Warren Regional School District’s annual spelling bee.

Gabriel, the son of pastor Dan Randall of the First Congregational Church in Bristol, beat out 19 other competitors to win the title, spelling “lariat” correctly to seal his victory. When he finished spelling and repeating the word in front of a crowded auditorium a little after 8 p.m., he let out a noticeable breath and smiled.

Next, he’ll represent Bristol Warren in the state spelling bee this spring.

Through nine rounds of competition, Gabriel’s challengers fell slowly by the wayside until he was left with just Caroline Alexandre, who is one grade ahead of him at Kickemuit. Some exited after tripping over their tongues, others by misspelling obscure words: Seventh grader Amber Garcia, for instance, seemed perplexed at “wampum,” and spelled it wrong after asking guest pronouncer Mario Hilario of Channel 10 for a definition (it’s a term for Native American shell jewelry and money made from the violet portions of clams, like quahogs).

Through it all, Caroline seemed unfazed, taking less time than her peers to spell out each word. She has experience, as she won last year’s bee. For much of the night she seemed confident in her ability to take it again but in the ninth round was tripped up by “unforeseeable,” opening the door for Gabriel’s winning word. Livia Dion, a fifth grader at Hugh Cole, and Kickemuit eighth grader Trinity Jones, tied for third place.

When asked later about his spelling secret, Gabriel said it was simple:

“I did a lot of reading!”

Note: Don’t know what “lariat” is? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “a long light rope (as of hemp or leather) used with a running noose to catch livestock or with or without the noose to tether grazing animals.”

Check your spelling

Twenty spellers from across the Bristol Warren Regional School District competed in the district spelling bee Thursday night, Feb 6. Only one, Gabriel Randall, spelled every word correctly. Here are the words that tripped up the other 19 competitors:



















Meet the spellers

Schools throughout the Bristol Warren Regional School District held local spelling bees to represent them in the district-wide bee Thursday night. Winners and alternates were chosen to represent each grade (4 through 8) from each school:

Colt Andrews

Savanna Brito

Lillian Allen

Rebecca Oliver (a)

Simon Ferreira (a)


Samuel Merriam

Alicia Tally

Natalie Parker (a)

Isabel Savinon (a)

Hugh Cole

Amani Jackson

Livia Dion

Abigal Heroux (a)

Kiley Bouchard (a)


Evan Fournier-Swire

Zoe Fornier-Swire

Sofia Ramirez (a)

Victorial Silva (a)

Kickemuit Middle School

Sixth grade

Madison Rodrigues

Joshua Moore

Joshua Bartoszuk

Gabriel Randall

London Camelo (a)

Ellery Sparkman (a)

Nathan Silveira (a)

Seventh grade

Caroline Alexandre

Mark Orban

Krynt O’Donnell

Amber Garcia

Naremean Aumaree (a)

Michael Chaves (a)

Megan Molloy (a)

Eight grade

Trinity Jones

Matthew DeFelice

Matthew Oliveira

William (Liam) Bullard

William Bulin (a)

Sydney DeMarco (a)

Jacob Champlin (a)



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