Gabe Scott, a 10-year-old, fifth-grade student from Julia P. Bryant Elementary, won the 2013 Bulloch County Spelling Bee Monday night at the Statesboro High School Fine Arts Auditorium.
Scott correctly spelled “reactionary” to claim the win against his remaining opponent, Lauren Jung, a 10-year-old fifth-grader from Sallie Zetterower Elementary.
The two received their trophies and awards from Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson, who thanked them and all the contestants for their hard work. The event was sponsored by the local chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators.
“It was great to see students work so hard and challenge themselves to achieve excellence,” said Joanne Newland, a member of the seven-member leadership team from the Bulloch County GAE Chapter, which organized the annual bee. The 13 participants, ranging from fourth through eighth grades and representing Bulloch County Schools’ nine elementary and four middle schools, competed for an hour spelling words announced by Susan Manack, a counselor at SHS.
Scott, the son of Shane and Troy Wooten of Statesboro, will advance to the District 8 Spelling Bee to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Waycross College Auditorium.
“The District 8 winner will advance to the GAE State Spelling Bee March 15, at Georgia State University,” Bulloch County GAE Co-President Ardrena Jackson said.
The state winner will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., from May 26 through June 1.
“We have some smart boys and girls, and I think it’s time we have a district and a state winner from Bulloch County,” Jackson said.
She challenged the school-level spelling bee coordinators to begin working with their students now for next year’s Bulloch County Spelling Bee, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Southeast Bulloch High School.
Judges for this year’s event were Dr. Glayvera Richmond, who is a retired educator, and Bulloch County Schools educators Janice Wilson and Sherry Canty. Leadership Team members included Ardrena Jackson, Twindell Darlington, Sherry Canty, Joanne Newland, Chianti Culver, Hattie Davis and Beth Persinger.