Model Middle School sixth-grader Will Hosford correctly spelled “inexorably” and then “Ganges” to win the Floyd County Schools’ District Spelling Bee on Tuesday.
Will was also the winner of last year’s district bee. Eleven Floyd County students put their spelling skills to the test in the annual competition sponsored by Communities in Schools Rome-Floyd and the Floyd County Chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators.
Pepperell Middle School sixth-grader Caedmon Burnett won second place and will serve as the school system’s alternate at the next level of competition.
Will will represent FCS next at the GAE Region 1 Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Georgia Highlands College.
Will said he felt really happy about winning two years in a row and attributed his success to his grandmother, who practiced with him often.
Each elementary and middle school sent its school-level winner or alternate to the FCS district bee. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible for the competition.
The group of spellers went through 10 rounds of words before a champion was declared; four rounds were performed before naming the two finalists. Lasting for less than a half-hour, the bee included tricky words like “grimaces,” “colonel,” “unsullied,” and “disgorged.”
Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the event was moved to Coosa High School’s Performing Arts Center where the small audience had the space to practice safe social distancing. Masks were required for all in attendance. Each participant could remove their mask when it was their turn to spell.
School Spelling Bee winners who participated in the county bee:
♦ Alto Park Elementary: Kaelyn Vasquez
♦ Armuchee Elementary: Bayleigh Fortenberry
♦ Armuchee Middle: Abbie Carson
♦ Cave Spring Elementary: Estoria Carrier
♦ Coosa Middle: Gavin Williams
♦ Garden Lakes Elementary: Chloe Stover
♦ Johnson Elementary: Nick Hosford
♦ Model Elementary: Shepherd Quarles
♦ Model Middle: Will Hosford
♦ Pepperell Elementary: Danny Wilson
♦ Pepperell Middle: Caedmon Burnett