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