Thirty-one Cherokee County students recently put their spelling skills to the test in the Cherokee County Association of Educators’ annual spelling competition. Mill Creek Middle School’s Sathvika Narasimhan correctly spelled “boodle” and then “stethoscope” to capture the Cherokee County Spelling Bee title for the second consecutive year. Sathvika, who is in sixth grade this year, won the county contest last year as a fifth-grader representing Little River Elementary. Creekland MS seventh-grader Joshua Karcher won second place, and Woodstock Elementary School fourth-grader Isabella D’Cunha came in third.
Each elementary and middle school sent its school-level winner to the Cherokee County Spelling Bee in hopes of taking home the title and a chance to advance to the district competition. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible for the competition. The group of super spellers went through eight rounds of words before a champion was declared in the event, which was held at Cherokee High School.
The first, second and third-place winners will compete at the District Spelling Bee March 1 in Cobb County. The super spellers ran through more than 80 words during the competition, including tricky terms like “scintillation,” “epizootic,” “bourgeois,” “accoutrement” and “dodecahedron.”
The event is sponsored each year by Cherokee County Association of Educators and the Georgia Association of Educators. Lillian Burnaman welcomed the audience and spellers; Ana Pettit served as caller of the words; Kathryn Smithyman, Peta Murray and School Board Chair Janet Read were judges for the event; spotters were Phyllis Ailes and School Board Member Patsy Jordan.
The full list of 2014 Spelling Bee School Winners are –
A.J. Drotlef, Arnold Mill ES; Cal Pace, Avery ES; Elisha Cloy, Ball Ground ES; Ryan Berwald, Bascomb ES; Joey Hilburg, Boston ES; Lance Creel-Charles, Canton ES; Shelby Rhoades, Carmel ES; Basia Coleman, Clark Creek ES; Campbell Cato, Clayton ES; Joshua Karcher, Creekland MS; Robbie Lammens, Dean Rusk MS; Caitlin Leamon, ET Booth MS; Carson Allen, Free Home ES; Braden Webb, Freedom MS; James Edwards, Hasty ES; Ginna Farina, Hickory Flat ES; Izabella Mingolla, Holly Springs ES; Kaetlyn Hight, Indian Knoll ES; Ruthie Prayitno, Johnston ES; Miles Hagadone, Knox ES; Dylan Quarcoo, Liberty ES; Faith Olomola, Little River ES; Julia Barfield, Macedonia ES; Sathvika Narasimhan, Mill Creek MS; Alphonso Bradham, Mountain Road ES; Dakota Romero-Walton, Oak Grove ES; Sean Brubaker, RM Moore ES; Adam Brams, Sixes ES; Chaolin Hancock, Teasley MS; Isabella D-Cunha, Woodstock ES; and Alex Hegman, Woodstock MS.