Kelsey Hedge, a fourth grader at Northside Elementary School, won the 4th annual DeKalb County Spelling Bee Friday night at DeKalb County High School.
Hedge, daughter of David and Trina Hedge of Smithville, was among more than 40 students from the fourth grade to the eighth grade, who participated in the contest.
She correctly spelled the words \"lariat\" and \"omnivorous\" to claim the championship.
Shelby Mulloy, an eighth grader at DeKalb West School was the runner-up in the contest. She is the daughter of Randy and Nancy Mulloy of Liberty.
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, Hedge and Mulloy 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.