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Audience spellbound at district Bee

posted Mar 17, 2016, 6:12 AM by Greg Shull
Rexen Venevongsoth of Kings Mountain Middle is heading to Washington D.C. to represent Cleveland County as the winner of the 2016 Spelling Bee. Spellers from 22 schools lined up on the state at CCS Central Services to vie for this year’s local title. The competitors showcased their vocabulary spelling words such as empanada, julep, croquette, isinglass, and libretto to name a few.

This year’s competition ended in a long strand of back-and-forth spellings between Venevongsoth and Shelby Middle’s Savannah Burns. The two went round-after-round ending with a win for Venevongsoth by spelling eclectic correctly.

The champion will return to the Scripps National Spelling in May

To recognize their achievement, all participants in the bee received prizes from The Star’s Newspaper in Education program and a Martha Mason Award from the CCS Educational Foundation. The Mason Award includes a $50 cash prize and was initiated by Yeeva Cheng, a three-time Star Spelling bee winner herself, to recognize Miss Mason’s determination and perseverance.

Other participants, all spelling champions from their schools, were:
  • Ny’Asia Forney of Bethware Elementary 
  • Ethan Hoyle of Boiling Springs Elementary 
  • Alyssa Montecuollo of Burns Middle 
  • River Sloan of Casar Elementary 
  • Logan Manno of Crest Middle 
  • Nathan Howell of East Elementary 
  • Brynne Beaver of Fallston Elementary 
  • Nelson Diaz of Graham Elementary 
  • Lily Bridges of Grover Elementary 
  • James Dillard of James Love Elementary 
  • Lilly Triplett of Jefferson Elementary 
  • Mark Petrilli of Kings Mountain Intermediate 
  • Ethan Martin of Marion Elementary 
  • Reed Cooper of North Elementary 
  • Zhada Whitworth of Shelby Intermediate 
  • Will Appling of Springmore Elementary 
  • Amber Beheler of Township Three Elementary 
  • Avante Maddox of Union Elementary 
  • Savannah McGlothlin of Washington Elementary 
  • Zachary Propst of West Elementary 

The spelling bee can be watched in its entirety here.

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