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