BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – After a lot of practice and many rounds, Fannin County School System (FCSS) named their champion speller. Eighth-grader Chloe Carter will advance for a third year to the Region 1 Competition held in Rome, Georgia, later this month.
FCSS held school-wide spelling bees in the month of January, and the winners from each school met on Jan. 31 at the Board of Education to determine a champion.
“Before I say anything else, I would like to say how proud I am of each of you for reaching the Fannin County School System spelling bee,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney said, welcoming the competitors.
With family and faculty present, each principal introduced their respective champion.
From Blue Ridge Elementary School, Principal April Hodges introduced school champion Jade Dlugokinski. Cole White, winner of East Fannin Elementary School, was presented by Principal Matt Price. Principal Keith Nuckolls announced the Fannin County Middle School Champion Chloe Carter, and West Fannin Elementary School Principal Lucas Roof introduced their champion Fox Sharp.
Curriculum Director Robert Ensley read the rules and formalities of the spelling bee. These rules must be strictly adhered to within each district for champions to move forward in hopes of reaching the national bee.
Fannin County High School Literacy Coach Sarah Welch was the official caller for the event, giving each student his or her word and further clarification if needed.
The second round saw two competitors eliminated, with a third contestant being eliminated in the following round.
Students Chloe Carter and Cole White battled it out for another round with Carter spelling the winning word for the round, “cruiser”.
As dictated by the rules Carter then had to spell an additional champion word. “Ninja” was spelled with ease by Carter and solidified her as Fannin County spelling champion.
“We are proud to have Ms. Chloe Carter as our eighth grade spelling champion,” Welch announced, officially bringing the bee to a close.
Carter is no stranger to this honor. It is Carter’s third year winning the Fannin County School System spelling bee. Last year, Carter also advanced from the Region 1 Competition to compete at the state level.
The Region 1 competition will take place on Feb. 24 in Rome, Georgia. Carter will face other district champs in hopes of progressing to the state finals.
“Your achievement sets a fine example for the students across our county,” Gwatney beamed to the contestants and congratulated all of the students on their achievements.
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The Fannin County Board of Education held a special called meeting on March 24th, 2017. During the meeting recommendations for candidates to serve as Principal in Blue Ridge & East Fannin Elementary schools were approved. April Hodges will serve as the new principal of Blue Ridge Elementary and Mathew Price will fill the position for East Fannin Elementary.
Ms. Sarah Finch, current Principal of East Fannin, was recently hired as the new Fannin County Director of Federal Programs, School Improvement, and Assessment starting July 1st. Ms. Shannon Miller, current Principal of Blue Ridge, was hired as the Fannin County Director of Student Services starting July 1st.
The Fannin County Superintendent of schools, Michael Gwatney, issued the following announcement & congratulations.
Dear FCSS Personnel:
Per our Charter and in response to upcoming principal vacancies, the School Governance Teams of Blue Ridge Elementary and East Fannin Elementary each held a called meeting yesterday. The teams met with prospective candidates, and both made a recommendation for the Board of Education. During a called meeting this afternoon, our Board approved the recommendations. For the 2017-2018 school year, April Hodges will serve as Principal of Blue Ridge Elementary School, and Mathew Price will serve as Principal of East Fannin Elementary School.
Mrs. Hodges comes to us from Effingham County; she currently serves as a principal. Mr. Price currently serves as the Assistant Principal of East Fannin Elementary. You may learn more about them at the following links.
Congratulations Mrs. Hodges and Mr. Price!
See full meeting video: Full Meeting Video