• Top spellers demonstrate skills at DES Spelling Bee
By Wayne Parham

Participants in the Dearing Elementary School Spelling Bee were (front from left) Tamera Ivey, Emily Sutton, Abigail Smith, Scott Wilkerson, (back) Peyton Smith, Jonathan Washington, Joey Ragland, Makala Jackson, A'Breonia Hill, Gabby Taylor, Ashton Arrington and Deven Rolland. Photo by Wayne Parham.

After a head-to-head battle to the end, two Dearing Elementary School students sat on the stage together and awaited the results. When the judging was done, Scott Wilkerson was declared the winner of the school’s annual spelling bee.
Scott spelled his final two words — agitation and equinox — correctly to seal the win.
He and Emily Sutton, the runner-up, will advance to compete against students from other McDuffie County schools at the county spelling bee.
“I am excited about how our kids will perform at the county level,” said Shantell Crockett, DES principal.
For the last two years, Crockett coordinated the spelling bee at Norris Elementary before being selected to become the DES principal. She said planning the entire event from start to finish can be very tedious.
“You want to follow the national spelling bee rules, making sure that everything is fair for the kids and making sure the kids are comfortable with spelling,” she said.

To read more on this story, see the Thurs., Jan. 23, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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