2018-02-14 / Front Page

Katie Reese wins ECSS spelling bee


Spelling Bee winners, from left: First place - Katie Reese, second place - Joseph Gates, and third place - Ja’Tyra Glenn. with Superintendent Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin and ECES principal Dr. Matthew Cullifer. Spelling Bee winners, from left: First place - Katie Reese, second place - Joseph Gates, and third place - Ja’Tyra Glenn. with Superintendent Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin and ECES principal Dr. Matthew Cullifer. Early County Middle School sixth-grader Katie Reese won the Early County School System Spelling Bee last week, correctly spelling the word “macaroni,” to claim the title.

Spelling bee competitors consisted of 4th and 5th grade winners from the elementary school and middle school grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. The competition began with a written vocabulary assessment to determine who would qualify for the oral spelling bee.

In the 6th round of the oral competition the field was narrowed down to three competitors: Reese and seventh graders Ja’Tyra Glenn and Joseph Gates.

Ja’Tyra misspelled the word mascot in the next round and Joseph stumbled on the word gunnysack. Katie correctly spelled macaroni to claim first place.

In a round to determine second and third place winners, Ja’Tyra misspelled stethoscope and Joseph correctly spelled bungalow for second place.

The three winners received a spelling bee trophy, and all competitors received a certificate of participation. Katie will represent ECSS at the District Spelling Bee Feb. 24 at Jones Wheat Elementary in Bainbridge.

Judges were retired educator Sylvia Adams, Kay Willis of the Bank of Early, and Darrell Alexander, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church. Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin pronounced the words to contestants.

Katie Reese is the daughter of Summer Reese, Joseph Gates is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Gates, and Ja’Tyra is the daughter of Jessica Wright.

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