Hildebran student wins spelling bee

Hildebran student wins spelling bee
Posted on 10/23/2018

by Cheryl Shuffler

Hildebran Elementary School fifth grader Emmalee S. won the Burke County Public Schools 2018-19 Spelling Bee on Monday, Oct. 22. The annual spelling bee was held at Patton High School and included 19 spellers from the district's elementary and middle schools. The top spellers won their school spelling bees to advance to the district level. After 13 rounds of the spelling bee, Emmalee correctly spelled "century" and then "exploit" to win the bee. Greysen B., a fifth grader from Mull Elementary School, was the runner up. Judges for the spelling bee were David McGee and Shane Mace from Burke County Public Schools and Jonelle Bobak with The News Herald. The News Herald sponsors the event each year. Hildebran Elementary School principal Randy Sain accepted the Lillian Butler Trophy on behalf of his school following Emmalee's win. The trophy was named after Lillian Butler, who served as chief judge for many years. Over the past 26 years of the spelling bee, a middle schooler has won 14 times and an elementary schooler 12 times. Table Rock Middle School has won the most with 10 championships since 1994. 


Drexel Elementary - David B.

Forest Hill Elementary - Ella A.

George Hildebrand Elementary - Gunner G.

Glen Alpine Elementary - Austin F.

Hildebran Elementary - Emmalee S.

Hillcrest Elementary - Alex D.

Icard Elementary - Lanie D.

Mountain View Elementary - Fernando G.

Mull Elementary - Greysen B.

Oak Hill Elementary - Gage M.

Ray Childers Elementary - Ethyn S.

Salem Elementary - Colton P.

Valdese Elementary - Aiden H.

W. A. Young Elementary - Raghav A.

East Burke Middle - Keegan C.

Heritage Middle - Anabel M.

Liberty Middle - Ella S.

Table Rock Middle - Morgan C.

Walter R. Johnson Middle - Ishan K.

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