Fort Johnson Middle School student wins regional spelling bee

Wade Spees/ Fort Johnson Middle School student Owen Duffy gets a hug after winning Spellbound! spelling bee at Lightsey Chapel at Charleston Southern University Wednesday night March 6, 2013.

Owen Duffy of Fort Johnson Middle School won Spellbound!, the Lowcountry’s regional spelling bee tonight.

It took nearly three hours for the field of 50 of the area’s top spellers to be narrowed to the top two, Elizabeth Ludlam of Divine Reedemer and Duffy, in the competition at the Lightsey Chapel on the Charleston Southern University campus.

Duffy receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent and escort to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 26 to June 1, courtesy of event sponsors The Post and Courier and Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union.

Spellers were culled from an original field of more than 34,000 students throughout the Lowcountry. They represented Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester 2 and Dorchester 4 school districts, as well as Lowcountry Catholic schools, the South Carolina Independent School Association, and Lowcountry Home and Private Schools.

Read more later at and in tomorrow’s newspaper.