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 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.
IMG 822: Escorts: 1st Row: David Chancey, Thomas Bartholf, Dawson Workman, Jonas Garcia; 2nd Row: Seth Foster, Jacob Gray, Zach Nelson
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
IMG 373: Middle School – Front: Abby Vest; 2nd Row: Erin McArthur, Ava Queen, Lilly Loudermilk; Back: Lenee Edwards
IMG 819: Master of Ceremonies (MC’s): Lora Gwatney- Jr. Miss Rebel 2016; and Emily Key (Miss Rebel 2016).
IMG 813: Middle School – 1st Row: Jillene Gilreath, Autumn Rae, Aislinn Peel; Back Row: Hayleigh Willingham, Lily Oliver, Madison Ponton, Lacey Nelson, Hannah Perry
IMG 374: Middle School – Kaleigh Ross, Kylee Cornelius
IMG 825: Escorts- John Holton and Cole Roberson
IMG 824 HS Participant – Presley Porter
IMG 904 HS Participant – Jessica Sisson
Chloe Carter, Riley Lindstrom, Taylor Poland, Kalliee Stanley
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.
FCMS student Chloe Carter competed at the State Spelling Bee at Georgia State on Saturday and finished 7th after 10 rounds.
Fannin County School System
Blue Ridge Elementary – Maddie Boyce
East Fannin Elementary – Kayla Herendon
Fannin County Middle School – Chloe Carter
Winning Words For Chloe Carter – Mammoth & Womanly
Chloe Carter will advance and compete in District Spelling Bee in Rome, Ga on February 25th, 2017.
FetchYourNews.com will update on Chloe and how she does at District in Rome.