Hemric wins spelling bee, moves on to regional

By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

February 21, 2014

The Elkin City Schools Spelling Bee Contest recently held its annual spelling bee, with seventh-grader Will Hemric claiming the title.

With the win, Hemric moves on to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee to be held at Milton Rhodes Center of the Arts in Winston-Salem on March 23.

The annual competition included students from grades four through eight. The participants included: Carter Hampton-grade four, Reanna Rice-grade five, Eryn Brown-grade five, Cameron Shaw-grade five, Kaily Harris-grade six, Tyler Mayes-grade six, Joe Gallion-grade seven and Kaitlyn Poe-grade eight.

Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said the participants came well-prepared.

“Congratulations to Will, he is not only a good speller but is exceptional in the classroom,” added Bledsoe.

“I want to give a special thanks to all the teachers,” added Bledsoe.

The contest was coordinated by Cynthia Altemueller, ECS school support director. The students were given words based on a suggested list by the North Carolina Spelling Bee Contest and the Scripps National Spelling Bee program.

Elkin City School’s Karen Spencer, Academic Intellectually Gifted (AIG) coordinator, Ginger Smith and Mary Shepherd, Elkin Elementary School teachers; and Emily Morrison, Elkin Middle School teacher, assisted with this year’s contest.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.