Correctly spelling “oubliette” and “corsair” earned Eric Lim, a fifth-grade student at Brooklet Elementary School, the title of 2016 Bulloch County Spelling Bee champion on Monday night.
Lim was one of 12 participating contestants from the county's 14 public elementary and middle schools and the Charter Conservatory of Liberal Arts and Technology.
The 10-year-old son of Sungkyun Lim and Jee Yoon Byun, of Statesboro, Lim received a trophy and a $100 check from the Bulloch County chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators. First runner-up Zandria Foreman, an eighth-grade student at Portal Middle High School, won $50.
All participants received medals for being their school-level winners. Awards were presented by Superintendent Charles Wilson and Board of Education Co-Vice Chairman Maurice Hill.
This year's guest pronouncer was WTOC reporter Jaime Ertels. Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore served as a guest judge.
Lim now advances to the District 8 Spelling Bee at Savannah State University on Feb. 27. The District 8 winner will advance to the state spelling bee and possibly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The 2016 bee was held at Statesboro High School. In addition to Lim and Foreman, the following school-level winners also participated: Ethan Hiers, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Arumy Venegas, Langston Chapel Elementary; Juliette Brannen, Mattie Lively Elementary; Jace Skinner, Mill Creek Elementary; Blaize Terry, Nevils Elementary; Tanyia Williams, Portal Elementary; Chazz Shuman, Stilson Elementary; Allison Saunders, Langston Chapel Middle; Worlanyo Gato, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Alexandra Higdon, Sallie Zetterower Elementary; and Micah D'Arcangelo, Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts and Technology. Jalisa Williams of William James Middle School was a school-level winner but did not participate in the county-level bee.
The Bulloch County Spelling Bee is sponsored annually by the Association of Educators. The program committee includes Ardrena Jackson, Chianti Culver, Twindell Darlington, Sherry Canty and Beth Persinger.