A total of forty five students will be competing during the Fourth Annual DeKalb County Spelling Bee Friday night, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. at DeKalb County High School.
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Students from DeKalb Middle School, DeKalb West School, and Northside Elementary School recently competed at the school level to become eligible for the county competition.
Along with students from thirty nine other counties, the first and second place winners in the DeKalb County Spelling Bee will compete in the Tennessean Regional Spelling Bee on March 12th at Belmont University in Nashville.
The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. with all expenses paid by the Tennessean Newspaper.
The purpose of the County Wide Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling skills, increase vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
Participants in this year's County Wide Spelling Bee are:
Northside Elementary School:
Fourth Grade- Peter Antoniak, Justin Johnson, Kelsey Hedge, Savannah Driver, Brandon Chapman, MaKayla Redmon, Ashland Dillon, Brandon Leiser, and Haley Davis
Fifth Grade- Travis Ferrell, Serena Lucci, Emily Snow, Rebecca Luke, Courtney Rice, and Josh Davidson.
DeKalb Middle School:
Sixth Grade- Jacob Parsley, Ben Driver, Dalton Vaughn, Bradley Mullican, Taylor Poston, Shawna Puckett, Kyra Dickens, Martelia Tallent, and Kayley Green.
Seventh Grade- John Hayes and Michael Braswell
Eighth Grade- Josh Henry, Taylor Poss, Jessica Hodges, and Alison Thomas
DeKalb West School:
Fourth Grade- Leah Burchfield, Dalton Freeney, and Bruce Wilson
Fifth Grade- Cori Jennings, Paige Lohorn, and Dylan Young
Sixth Grade- Zach Martin, Will Molander, and Nick Sackman
Seventh Grade- Chelsea Crutcher, Katy England, and Dylan Freeney
Eighth Grade- Natalie Barrett, Logan Clark, Shelby Mulloy, and Vickey Vickers.