2019 Spelling Bee Contestants

Newton County School System to Host County Spelling Bee
Posted on 02/04/2019
NCSS Spelling BeeThe Newton County School System will host the 2018 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 8, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Porter Performing Arts Center. Each of the school system’s elementary and middle schools will send its spelling bee champion to participate in the county competition. Students in grades four through eight were eligible to participate in their school competitions. In addition to the champion, each school will send its runner up in the school spelling bee as an alternate in the event the school champion is unable to participate.

“Even in the technology rich world that we live in today, spelling continues to be an important tool because the written word is so powerful,” said Benjamin B. Roundtree, NCSS Chief Academic Officer. “Among other things, the spelling bee supports our students’ learning by enhancing their understanding of vocabulary relative to spelling and by promoting correct word usage. Indeed, spelling bee competitions in our schools continue to be highly anticipated events, and we are happy to continue this venerable tradition.”

During the competition, contestants must spell the word they are given correctly. After having started to spell a word, the contestant will not be given any opportunity to change the letters, once pronounced. If a speller fails to spell the word correctly, he must step out of the competition.

Once the competition is down to just two remaining contestants, the elimination procedure will change. When one finalist misses a word, the other finalist will spell the next word on the caller’s list. If the contestant spells that word and the next word on the list correctly, he or she will be declared the winner. If he or she misspells either of those two words, the other finalist will be given the next word on the caller’s list to spell. If that finalist spells the next word and the next correctly, he or she will be declared the winner. If both finalists misspell their word, both shall continue in the Bee and the one who first misspelled his or her word shall be given the next word on the caller’s list to spell.

The judges and the Newton County Spelling Bee Committee are in complete control of the Bee at all times and the judges’ decision shall be final on all matters. Parents and family members are invited to attend the NCSS Spelling Bee; however, we ask that parents refrain from bringing infants and small children to the competition as they may distract the contestants. We also ask that flash photography only be used after the competition is completed.

Newton County School System’s 2019 school-level spelling bee champions are as follows:

NCSS 2019 Spelling Bee Participants; This is Alt Text
 SCHOOL   SCHOOL CHAMPION    ALTERNATE 
East Newton Elementary   Abigail Stanley    Nigel Williams 
Fairview Elementary    Ty Greninger    Scarlett Hardy 
Flint Hill Elementary    Fisher Bowen    Adryanah Haberman 
Heard-Mixon Elementary    Anthony Miller    Mathew  McNure 
Live Oak Elementary    Karlrio Kelsey    Nehemiah Williams 
Livingston Elementary    Jennifer Alston    Gabriel Lackey 
Mansfield Elementary    Trenton Adams    Aubrey Burton 
Middle Ridge Elementary   Ethan Lee    Hunter Land 
Newton County Theme School    Caleb Ekanem    Aniyah Prescod 
Oak Hill Elementary    Malik Bond    Branson Moore 
Porterdale Elementary    Jerimiah Hodges    Dmiyah Hawkins 
Rocky Plains Elementary    Emilee Beal    Nathaniel Dennis 
South Salem Elementary    Cooper Stover    A'leah Josephs 
West Newton Elementary    Ismael Bonifacio    Lammie Clyde 
Clements Middle    Cameron Thomas    Shenieya Nickerson 
Cousins Middle    John Paul Grant    Terrence Tate, Jr. 
Indian Creek Middle    James Cooper    Raven Cummings 
Liberty Middle    Jarvis Jackson    McKenzie Ferguson 
Veterans Memorial Middle    Natalie Henderson    Emma McPherson 

The winner of the Newton County School System Spelling Bee will represent the school district at the District 5 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Edwards Middle School in Conyers, Georgia.
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