Forty One Students to Compete in County Spelling Bee

February 8, 2008
Dwayne Page

A total of forty one students will be competing during the Fifth Annual DeKalb County Spelling Bee Friday night, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. at DeKalb County High School.

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Students from DeKalb Middle School, DeKalb West School, and Northside Elementary School recently competed at the school level to become eligible for the county competition.

Along with students from thirty nine other counties, the first and second place winners in the DeKalb County Spelling Bee will compete in the Tennessean Regional Spelling Bee on March 7th at the Massey Performing Arts Center at Belmont University in Nashville.

The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. May 25th through May 31st with all expenses paid by the Tennessean Newspaper.

The purpose of the County Wide Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling skills, increase vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

Participants in this year's County Wide Spelling Bee are:

Northside Elementary School:

Fourth Grade- Chase Bryant, Ashli Chew, Andrew Cooper, and Caitlin Turner

Fifth Grade- Issac Beck, Brandon Chapman, Haley Davis, Lenzi Dickens, Ashland Dillon, Corey Ferrell, Kelsey Hedge, Justin Johnson, Brandon Leiser, Jeffery Rigsby, Makalee Ruch, Emilee Stephens, and Jacob Washer

DeKalb Middle School:

Sixth Grade- Emily Snow

Seventh Grade- Jessica Acuna, Jacob Parsley, and Martilia Tallent

Eighth Grade- Jesse James, Kallie Mitchell, Kayla Matthews, Destiny Thomas, and Riley Young

DeKalb West School:

Fourth Grade- Morgan Vickers

Fifth Grade- Leah Burchfield, Cason Oakley, Zachary Roberts, and Lydia Trail

Sixth Grade- Courtney Avera, Sarah Hunt, Paige Lohorn, McKenzie Poteete, and Crystal Vickers

Seventh Grade- Casey Alderman, Taylor Leach, and Ashley O'Conner

Eighth Grade-Dylan Freeney and Rachel Goodman

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