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Chesterfield student wins spelling bee

posted Oct 26, 2016, 11:30 AM by Cheryl Shuffler



Gracyn V., a fifth-grader at Chesterfield Elementary School, won the 2016-17 Spelling Bee. Michaela L. from Rutherford College Elementary School was the runner-up. The spelling bee lasted for 10 rounds on Monday, Oct. 24 at Patton High School. The winning word for Gracyn was “retorts.” Draughn High School English teacher Bill Poteat was the word caller. The spelling bee judges were Debbie Jennings, BCPS director of exceptional children, David McGee, retired BCPS director of accountability and Lisa Wall, editor of The News Herald. The News Herald sponsors the spelling bee each year. As the bee’s winner, the Lillian Butler Trophy will be on display at Chesterfield Elementary School until next year’s spelling bee. This is Chesterfield’s first time reclaiming the trophy since 2009. Nineteen elementary and middle school students competed in the spelling bee Monday night. They advanced to the district bee after winning their individual school spelling bees. The school winners are:

Graycn V., Chesterfield

Morgan Y., Drexel

Avery L., Forest Hill

Shelby B., George Hildebrand

Morgan C., Glen Alpine

Natalie F., Hildebran

Haydon T., Icard

Xavier B., Mountain Crest

Khaylen G., Mull

Michael C., Oak Hill

Jacob D., Ray Childers

Michaela L., Rutherford College

Daniel K., Salem

Dakota W., Valdese

Eden T., W. A Young

Ethan K., East Burke Middle

Sara Byrd S., Heritage

Aidan J., Liberty

Rachel W., Table Rock

Morgan S., Walter Johnson