Fulton Independent Schools holds Spelling Bee
On Tuesday, February 11, Fulton Independent School students participated in the annual School-wide Spelling Bee. All students in grades six, seven, and eight completed class spelling bees earlier this month, and the top 10 spellers from each grade level advanced to the School-wide Bee.
The sixth grade top 10 spellers were Brennen Walker, Sam Gibbs, Bella Hancock, Jondavid McClanahan, Cody Buckley, Kamrynne Mathias, Drake Hadley, Cameron Madding, Mia Noonan, Malia Noonan. Due to extenuating circumstances, Brandon Rushing was also added as an 11th speller in the sixth grade competition. Representing the seventh grade were Janaya Williams, Dezirae Hancock, Taniah Williams, Drew Malray, Aminah Bernacki, Zakira Donald, Keith Martin, Jaron Pryor, Amiya Mays, and Nicholas Lucy. Eighth grade competitors were Demarco Joy, Parker Newport, Joe Cunningham, Gabe Harned, Keshawn Murphy, Aliyah Ridenour, Brianna Wilson, Ebony Ross, Amari Downing, and Hailey Baggett.
In the School-wide Spelling Bee, contestants who placed in the top 10 competed in grade-level divisions. The top three spellers in each grade level were awarded a ribbon, and the winners in each division also received a trophy. The third place winners in each grade level were sixth grader Brandon Rushing, seventh grader Nicholas Lucy, and eighth grader Amari Downing. Placing second in each grade level were sixth grader Bella Hancock, seventh grader Amiya Mayes, and eighth grader Keshawn Murphy. Winners in each grade level were sixth grader Sam Gibbs, seventh grader Aminah Bernacki, and eighth grader Hailey Baggett.
The first through third place winners of each grade level also competed in the Fulton Middle School-wide Spelling Bee. Sixth grade student Brandon Rushing was the winner, and as the champion, he will advance to the Mid-South Spelling Bee, which will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 2014. The Mid-South Spelling Bee is a preliminary event for the National Scripps Spelling Bee.