Ashli Chew, a fourth grader at Northside Elementary School, won the 5th annual DeKalb County Spelling Bee Friday night at DeKalb County High School.
Chew, daughter of Lori and Kelvin Page of Smithville and George and Janna Chew of Murfreesboro, was among more than 30 students from the fourth grade to the eighth grade, who participated in the contest.
She correctly spelled the words "Cedilla" and "Mikado"to claim the championship.
Andrew Cooper, also a fourth grader at Northside Elementary, was the runner-up in the contest. He is the son of Dr. Steven and Martha Cooper of Smithville..
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, Chew and Cooper will represent DeKalb County in the Tennessean Regional Spelling Bee on March 7th at the Massey Performing Arts Center 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. May 25th through May 31st 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.