Marion Student Wins County Spelling Bee

Marion Student Wins County Spelling Bee
Posted on 02/26/2020
Aaliyah Thompson, a fourth-grader at Marion Elementary

Aaliyah Thompson, a fourth-grader at Marion Elementary, is the winner of the 2020 Star Spelling Bee. She will be heading to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee as Cleveland County's top speller. After several rounds of competition, Thompson out spelled 22 county competitors at Cleveland Community College to capture this year's local title.

To recognize their achievement, the CCS participants 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:

  • Zuzu Abbott of Bethware Elementary

  • Maddyn Burleson of Boiling Springs Elementary

  • Kaidance Church of Burns Middle

  • Seneca Epps of Carolina Scholars Academy

  • Lillie Dean of Casar Elementary

  • Gabriel Wellborn of Crest Middle

  • Jasmine Suarezl of East Elementary

  • Andrew Yarboro of Fallston Elementary

  • Ta'Zhiah White of Graham Elementary

  • Logan Jones of Grover Elementary

  • Kaidence Wilson of James Love Elementary

  • Prentice Huskey of Jefferson Elementary

  • Brayden Harvey of Kings Mountain Intermediate

  • Zachary Propst of Kings Mountain Middle

  • Aaliyah Thompson of Marion Elementary

  • Johaunna Shaw of North Elementary

  • Sean Sawyer of Shelby Intermediate

  • Lily Bridges of Shelby Middle

  • Sam Sterious of Springmore Elementary

  • Colton Navey of Township Three Elementary

  • Bailee Cook of Union Elementary

  • Jacob Denning of Washington Elementary

  • Eli McComas of West Elementary

Written by: Willie Green, II