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Jimison wins Spelling Bee; Hennessee is Runner-Up

Twenty-two students representing Alexander County’s elementary, middle, and virtual schools were invited to compete for the top honor of Spelling Bee Champion. Brianna Jimison, Virtual Academy student, won the competition with Madison Hennessee, West Alexander Middle School student, placing second.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students were read 25 randomly selected words from the 2021 National Spelling Bee District Pronouncers Guide. Students had the opportunity to request a definition, sentence, part of speech, language(s) of origin, and alternate pronunciation(s). Students wrote each word. This was repeated with all student participants. After all, students completed the written test, two judges scored the spellings.

Central office director Jessica Anderson coordinated the event.

The school winners who advanced to the county spelling bee are listed below.

Bethlehem Elementary                     Alaina Manasco and Adisson Mayberry
East Alexander Middle School          Karsyn Williams and Joseph Sturgill
Ellendale Elementary                       Destini Brown and Macie Roberts
Hiddenite Elementary                      Caleb Keller and Holden Vick
Stony Point Elementary                    David Torres-Alvarez and Cashton Ratchford
Sugar Loaf Elementary                     Lilly Zirkle and Brianna Donahue
Taylorsville Elementary                    Clara Puckett and Kurtis Burroughs
Virtual Academy Elementary            Mary Catherine Mikeal and Miranda Locklear
Virtual Academy Middle                    Brianna Jimison and Hallie Smith
West Alexander Middle                    Carter Payne and Madison Hennessee
Wittenburg Elementary                    Sophia Evertson and Angel Alvarez-Cruz

Spelling Bee Winners 2021

Link to the slide show