A Meadowview Magnet Middle School student qualified for the regional round after shining at a recent spelling bee.
On Monday, students from throughout the Surry County Schools district met at Gentry Middle School for an annual battle of letters, according to communications director Sonia Dickerson.
Dickerson noted all 11 of the county school system’s elementary schools were represented at the spelling bee. The district’s four middle schools also sent participants.
She explained there were actually six spelling bees occurring simultaneously at Gentry on Monday. Each of the 15 schools held internal spelling bees. Elementary schools each chose a fourth grade champion and a fifth grade champion.
Dickerson said that for the middle schools, a sixth grade champion, seventh grade champion and an eighth grade champion were picked.
However, at each of the 15 schools a school champion was also determined, said Dickerson. Thus, Monday’s simultaneous spelling bees end up distinguishing a the top speller in every grade level throughout the district and the top overall speller.
She said the spelling bee is quite a tradition in the county school system. It has been occurring every year for more than a decade, and assistant principals from throughout the district are tasked with organizing the event.
According to Dickerson, Meadowview student Landon Smith came out on top in the championship round competition. Phoebe Edwards, a student at Flat Rock Elementary School, was the runner up. Taylore Hill, who attends Shoals Elementary School, finished third. Jasmin Ruiz-Vazquez, a Copeland Elementary School student, rounded out the top four in the championship round.
Dickerson said Landon’s run in spelling isn’t over. He will participate in a regional competition in Winston-Salem in March.