In a nail biting showdown of the defending co-state champions, Penn High School’s Spell Bowl team topped Martinsville 90-88 at the Kouts Invitational on Monday, October 5.

For the Kingsmen, the win over the 12 team Kouts field, brought their Opponents Defeated total since 1994 to 1,410 compared to only 38 times an opponent has defeated Penn along with eight ties. The Kingsmen hope they can snag another win at the next invitational.

Perfect varsity spellers for Penn were:  Michelle Tapp, Athreya Sundaram, Muqsit Buchh, Kanika Arora, Yejee Oh, Presto George, Hannah McGinness, Hannah Smith, Faihaan Arif, and Chris Yun.

By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to