S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee champion moves forward to regional competition

Community, Rebel's Corner

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.

Fannin County, Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County School System, Blue Ridge Elementary School, West Fannin Elementary School, East Fannin Elementary School, Fannin County Middle School, Superintendent, Dr. Michael Gwatney, Cirriculum Director, Robert Ensley, Keith Nuckolls, Literacy Coach, Sarah Welch, Principal, Lucas Roof, April Hodges, Matt Price, Jade Dlugokinski, Cole White, Chloe Carter, Fox Sharp.

Spelling Bee contestants at the Board of Education. From left to right, Fox Sharp, Jade Dlugokinski, Chloe Carter, and Cole White.

“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”.

Fannin County, Blue Ridge, Georgia, Fannin County School System, Blue Ridge Elementary School, West Fannin Elementary School, East Fannin Elementary School, Fannin County Middle School, Superintendent, Dr. Michael Gwatney, Cirriculum Director, Robert Ensley, Keith Nuckolls, Literacy Coach, Sarah Welch, Principal, Lucas Roof, April Hodges, Matt Price, Jade Dlugokinski, Cole White, Chloe Carter, Fox Sharp.

Spelling Bee winner Chloe Carter will advance to the Region 1 Competition in Rome, Georgia, later this month.

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 Contestants for the 2017 spring annual Miss Rebel Pageant


The Fannin County Middle and High School Bands will hold their annual Spring Miss Rebel Pageant Fundraiser at the Fannin County High School Performing Arts Center this Saturday, April 1st, at 7PM. Approximately 30 young ladies and 10 gentlemen will participate. Admission is $5.

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IMG 822: Escorts: 1st Row: David Chancey, Thomas Bartholf, Dawson Workman, Jonas Garcia; 2nd Row: Seth Foster, Jacob Gray, Zach Nelson

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IMG 815: HS Participants: 1st Row: Bristol Harper; Lexi Loudermilk, Deanna Greene, Baillie Watkins; 2nd Row: Nicole Fish, Taylor Gibbs, Miranda Fain, Amber Collins, Sara Mathis, and Hannah Broyles; Back Row: Laila Helton, Emma Barnstead, Brandi Harper, Evelyn Doss, Emily Deal, Mackenzie Cox

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IMG 373: Middle School – Front: Abby Vest; 2nd Row: Erin McArthur, Ava Queen, Lilly Loudermilk; Back: Lenee Edwards
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IMG 819: Master of Ceremonies (MC’s): Lora Gwatney- Jr. Miss Rebel 2016; and Emily Key (Miss Rebel 2016).

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IMG 813: Middle School – 1st Row: Jillene Gilreath, Autumn Rae, Aislinn Peel; Back Row: Hayleigh Willingham, Lily Oliver, Madison Ponton, Lacey Nelson, Hannah Perry

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IMG 374: Middle School – Kaleigh Ross, Kylee Cornelius

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IMG 825: Escorts- John Holton and Cole Roberson

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IMG 824 HS Participant – Presley Porter

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IMG 904 HS Participant – Jessica Sisson

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Chloe Carter, Riley Lindstrom, Taylor Poland, Kalliee Stanley

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The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.


Chloe Carter competed at the State Spelling Bee and finished 7th.

Fannin Middle
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11 year-old from Gwinnett captures Georgia’s spelling championship

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Abhiram Kapaganty

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GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman presents trophy to Abhiram

ATLANTA –– They came from all corners of state; from Fannin County to Twiggs and Glynn to Thomas and points in between — 20 spellers ranging from 10 to14 – years-old, all with the same goal in mind – becoming Georgia’s next spelling champion.

After over 200 words through 23 rounds, 11-year-old Abhiram Kapaganty from Burnette Elementary in Gwinnett County emerged as the winner of the 56th Annual Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee.  He will now represent Georgia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championships in National Harbor, Maryland., May 28 – June 3, 2017.

In the 20th round it was narrowed down to Abhiram and 13-year-old Jahnvi Bhagat from Daniell Middle School in Cobb County.  After both of them missed word in rounds 20-22, in the 23rd Jahnvi received the word “vorlage” but spelled it with an “f” instead of “v.” Abhiram then received the word “schipperke,” that he spelled correctly.  He then received the word “wedel” which he quickly dispatched to become Georgia’s 2017 spelling champion. .

Abhiram was just like any other middle-schooler in his response to winning. “I feel really good about going to nationals.  I have never been to the Washington area.”  He was also concerned about the amount of attendees who were in previous bees. “I thought I wasn’t going to win because so many others were in the spelling bee last year.”

“Congratulations to all of these great young people who impressively represented their respective schools and communities in today’s contest,” said GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman.  “They, their parents, teachers, coaches and everyone who directly or indirectly helped them or cheered them on, should be very, very proud.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Abhiram and his family as they travel to Maryland to represent Georgia and the national championship.”

In addition to his first place trophy and an all expense paid trip to the national championship and $1,000 (GAE), Abhiram also received an iPad Mini and a $100 Amazon gift card (Horace Mann Insurance Companies), a Kindle (Best Buy of Cumming, GA), a dictionary (Merriam-Webster), a one-year online subscription (Encyclopaedia Britannica), one $100 U.S. Savings Bond (Samuel L. Sugarman Award) and a GAE Bee Champion lapel pin.  Jahnvi, as runner-up, took home a second place trophy and $500 (GAE), and also received an iPad Mini along with a $50 Amazon gift card (Horace Mann Insurance Companies) and a dictionary (Merriam-Webster).  In addition, all contestants will receive a GAE State Bee lapel pin.

You can continue to follow our champion through the Scripps National Champions at #GAEBee17.

View contest pics at:

Order of elimination-County/word/Round:

Aylah Birks – Twiggs Quesadilla 4
Za’Miriya Sneed – Thomas Junco 4
Brandon Webb – Calhoun City Succotash 5
Jon Liu – Lowndes Embarcadero 6
Gio Christian Ramos – Chatham Vapidity 6
Krish Modi –  Thomaston/Upson Solace 8
Thurman Blake, Jr. – Clayton Hoick 8
Rebecca Kenny – Houston Exigible 9
Matthew Spalding – Fulton Minestrone 9
Griffin Lee – Glynn Panary 9
Aditi Shankar – DeKalb Nisi 9
Charlie Gandy – Cobb Epistrophe 9
 Jet Rawls – Newton Sanicle 9
Chloe Carter – Fannin Hircine 9
 Arul Selvakumar – Fulton Vireo 9
Vaibhav Mishra – Laurens Fluoroscope 10
Sophie Fang – Cobb Reniform 16
Aya Salma Haddad – Gwinnett Autophagy 20
Jahnvi Bhagat – Cobb Vorlage 23
State Champion

Abhiram Kapaganty – Gwinnett


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FCMS student Chloe Carter competed at the State Spelling Bee at Georgia State on Saturday and finished 7th after 10 rounds.

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Chloe Carter at State Spelling Bee

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Chloe Carter


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Chloe Carter A-D-V-A-N-C-E-S to District Competition in Rome, Ga

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Fannin County School System


Blue Ridge Elementary – Maddie Boyce

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East Fannin Elementary – Kayla Herendon

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West Fannin Elementary – Ava Lackey
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Fannin County Middle School – Chloe Carter   

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Winning Words For Chloe CarterMammoth & Womanly 

Chloe Carter will advance and compete in District Spelling Bee in Rome, Ga on February 25th, 2017.

Spelling Bee WinnersCongratulations to all the Participants.  AWESOME JOB!

FetchYourNews.com will update on Chloe and how she does at District in Rome.






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