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Jimison Wins Spelling Bee; Lee is Runner-up

 Jimison wins Spelling Bee; Lee is Second

Eighteen students representing Alexander County’s elementary and middle schools were invited to the stage at Alexander Central Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 4, to compete for the top honor of Spelling Bee Champion.  West Alexander Middle School took top honors with both the winner and runner up representing the school.  Brianna Jimison won the contest by correctly spelling the word officiant. Lorick Lee placed second in the countywide event.

Central office director, Jessica Anderson welcomed contestants and guests to the competition. Cristi Julsrud, East Alexander middle school teacher, served as the pronouncer.  Judges for the event were central office directors, Dr. Alisha Cloer and Susan Gantt.  Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Betsy Curry and school board member Scott Bowman presented the awards.

Jimison will advance to the regional competition in Winston-Salem Sunday, March 15. The school winners who advanced to the county spelling bee are listed below.

Bethlehem Elementary                     Carter Payne and Jason Dang
East Alexander Middle School          Joseph Sturgill and Kenneth Kokotkiewicz
Ellendale Elementary                       Charles Stevenson and Joseph Teague
Hiddenite Elementary                      Bryant Fox and Kevin Gonzalez
Stony Point Elementary                    Zachary Grubb and Owen Patterson
Sugar Loaf Elementary                     Lilly Zirkle and Brianna Donahue
Taylorsville Elementary                    Kurtis Burroughs and Ben Bailey Hoover
West Alexander Middle                    Brianna Jimison and Lorick Lee
Wittenburg Elementary                    Miranda Locklear and Trinity Laws