Thursday, February 2, 2006

County’s best speller
Henry student wins spelling bee

Staff Writer

Lacy Maxwell, eighth grader at Henry Junior High School, took first place in the 26th Annual Marshall County Spelling Bee, Saturday.

Maxwell battled Arnold Anderson, seventh grade student at Holly Springs, correctly spelling enchilada and philosophy to take first place to the delight of her tutors Jessica Merritt and Barbara Harvell.

Katie Riales of Marshall Academy, one of five spellers left standing in the fourth round, took third place.

The Spirit Award went to Potts Camp School who sent James Franco, Leslie Hobbs, Dakota Bass McGee and Macy Watkins to the bee.

Other participants also to be congratulated for their worthy participation were: Keefer Podewils, Kristin Randall and Ashley Moore of Henry School; Mitchell Cartwright, Owen Farley and Preston Farley of Marshall Academy; Brittany Govan of Holly Springs High School; Desmond LeSure and Marquinton Moore of Holly Springs Intermediate School; and Takeva Bell, Alexandra Johnson and Abreanna Spight of Holy Family.

Option B rule went into effect with two spellers left standing. The champion had to spell two words correctly and consecutively to win.

Tough words were handed out as Option B went into effect. Some included hooligan, siccative, Gordian, interminable, ascension, dissymmetry, protestant, ostentation, scrutiny, prognosis and criminology.

The Marshall County Spelling Bee is sponsored by the Holly Springs/Marshall County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and held at Rust College.

Serving on the spelling bee committee and in supportive capacities this year were Marvia Kilgore, Fannie Lampley, Shirley Dillard, Cassandra Faulkner, Ruth Greer, Mary Milan, Tavedia Tipler, Angie Reed-Hudson, Truly Payne, Wanda Pegues, Hortensia Dean, Sherna Stone, Lorraine Wiseman, Irene Walton and Boyce Blackmon.

The pronouncer was Darlene Washington; judges were Marian Talley and George Gwin.

Numerous awards and gift certificates were provided by merchants, bankers and restaurants in the City of Holly Springs.

Special thanks to all school teachers and parents or guardians who helped students prepare for the Marshall County Spelling Bee.

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