Hiatt takes city spelling bee

First Posted: 2/6/2009

With such challenging words such as stethoscope, dissect and retrospective coming in earlier rounds, Jared Hiatt must have breathed a sigh of relief when his championship word was pronounced by Beth Moore, seventh-grade language arts teacher.
The word was burrito.
With the correct spelling, Hiatt, a seventh grader from Mount Airy Middle School, won the Mount Airy City Schools Spelling Bee and a chance to advance to The Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee on March 22.
I was nervous, he said after the bee. I didnt study at all.
With the regional bee approaching, Hiatt hopes his lucky streak continues and does not plan to study before that bee either.
Im going to try to keep my streak. It worked for this one, he said. I stay pretty busy, too.
The bee moved quickly with four students exiting in the second round and three in the third. The remaining three students survived the fourth round, but two were tripped up in the fifth, leaving only Hiatt to try for the win.
Classroom spelling bee winners from J.J. Jones Intermediate and Mount Airy Middle schools participated in the bee, which was held Friday morning in Mount Airy Middle Schools auditorium.
Amanda Culler, eighth grader, came in second in the bee, while Hassan Moore, fourth grader, finished third.
The participants from J.J. Jones Intermediate School were third graders Sierra Best and Ashton Sutphin, fourth graders Hassan Moore and Windy Doss and fifth graders Logan Draughon and Taylor Bouma. The participants from Mount Airy Middle School were sixth graders Kevin Torres and Kimberly Lachino, seventh graders Rachel Cave and Jared Hiatt and eighth grader Amanda Culler.
The judges for the event were Kaye McCormick, guidance counselor at the middle school, Anne Hardy, EC teacher at Jones Intermediate, and Linda Parks, ESL teacher at the middle and high schools.
The bee was recorded by Kelly Epperson of WPAQ and aired Friday afternoon at 4:45.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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