Hearst Media Services Regional Spelling Bee draws criticism from Bridgeport family

Abram Goda, last year's winner, says the final rounds of this year's spelling bee were full of missteps, mispronounced words and confusion. (3/28/14)

BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport family is challenging the results of a spelling bee they say was riddled with problems.

The Goda family says nothing was fair at the Hearst Media Services Regional Spelling Bee last week at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. 

According to the family, things worsened when judges ran out of words and turned to the dictionary for backup. 

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Abram Goda, last year's winner, says the final rounds of this year's spelling bee were full of missteps, mispronounced words and confusion. The Multicultural Middle School eighth-grader is blaming the people assigned to run the show for the issues. 

"If you're a pronouncer in the bee you have to know how to pronounce the words, and if you're a moderator you have to know how to run it fairly," says Goda. "But if you don't do any of these, it's not a bee - it's just a mess.  And the bee was a huge mess."

Hearst is standing behind the end result of the spelling bee and how its moderator handled everything.

The winner of this competition goes on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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