First there were 24 and then only two remained in the Fulton Elementary School Spelling Bee championship competition Saturday at Bartley Elementary School.
In round 17 the last two students remained. They were Emme Curran, a fourth-grader at Bartley Elementary School, and Brandon Rosenstengel, a fourth-grader at Bush Elementary School.
Emme missed "mirth" but so did Brandon.
That gave both of them another chance.
In round 18, Emme spelled "gnaw" correctly and Brandon got "fountain" right.
In round 19, Emme spelled "barely" and Brandon was correct in spelling "fault."
In round 20, Emme spelled "guest" correctly and Brandon got "clothing" right.
But in round 21, Emme missed "immigrant" and Brandon then spelled it correctly.
Then in round 22, Brandon spelled "splendid" correctly to win the competition.
After the event, Brandon said he didn't practice as much as last year when he won second place honors in the citywide spelling bee.
"I just wanted to go as far as I could," Brandon said.
Brandon is the son of Mandy and Jason Rosenstengel of Fulton.