2021 Weakley County Spelling Bee

Martin Middle Speller Takes Bee Top Spot
Posted on 12/02/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Martin Middle Speller Takes Bee Top Spot“Hull” began the 2021 Weakley County Spelling Bee on Thursday morning in Westview’s theater and “obsolete” secured Martin Middle 8th grader Alina Vo’s championship spot.

Words like “faltered,” “herbalist,” “brocade,” “embroidery” and “assassinate” thinned the twelve school winners and runners up to two finalists – Vo and Martin Elementary 5th grader Chloe Harcourt. When Harcourt stumbled on “stewardship” in round 10, Vo claimed the top prize with a correct spelling of “obsolete” in round 11.

School winners are also eligible to take a qualifying test online to advance to the Tennessee Titan Spelling Bee next year in Nashville.

The annual event is coordinated by Instructional Supervisor Terri Stephenson. Assistant Director of Schools Betsi Foster served as the pronouncer. Judges were Angie Rushing, Donald Ray High, and Jon Gardner of the Central Office staff. Director Randy Frazier presented the participants with certificates and the winners with their trophies which included a monetary prize for Vo and Harcourt.

The twelve participants were Dresden Middle winner Gabriel Alvarez and runner up Connor Morefield; Gleason winner Luke Lawrence and runner up Marley Crews; Greenfield winner Alik Archie and runner up Levi Irby; Martin Elementary winner Madison Davis and runner up Chloe Harcourt; Martin Middle winner Alina Vo and runner up Josiah Torres, Sharon winner Jessica Owens and runner up Jaydon Wiseman.

“All the students are to be congratulated on the work they put in to earn a spot on the stage,” said Stephenson. “I am very pleased to be part of a celebration of the fundamentals of academics and proud that Weakley County Schools carries on this tradition.”

participants in the spelling bee
Participants in the 2021 Weakley County Spelling Bee included the winners and runners up from each school including Jessica Owens, 7th grade, Sharon School; Alina Vo, 8th grade, Martin Middle; Madison Davis, 5th grade, Martin Elementary; Alik Archie, 5th grade, Greenfield School; Luke Lawrence, 8th grade, Gleason School; Gabriel Alvarez, 8th grade, Dresden Middle.

participants in the spelling bee
Jaydon Wiseman, 6th grade, Sharon School; Josiah Torres, 8th grade, Martin Middle; Chloe Harcourt, 5th grade, Martin Elementary; Levi Irby, 7th grade, Greenfield School; Marley Crews, 7th grade, Gleason School; Connor Morefield, 5th grade, Dresden Middle.

Alina Vo and Chloe Harcourt
Alina Vo from Martin Middle School secured the top spot at the 2021 Weakley County Spelling Bee with Chole Harcourt from Martin Elementary taking the runner up prize.

Alina Vo receiving tropphy
Alina Vo, an 8th grader, claimed the top prize at the 2021 Weakley County Spelling Bee. Weakley County Schools Director Randy Frazier presented the Martin Middle School student with a trophy and prize money.
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