Grundy County Elementary Schools have been participating in the County and Regional Spelling Bee for the past 29 years. This regional event is sponsored by the Chattanooga Times-Free Press each year for area schools to compete, sending their finalists to advance to the National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. The event begins at the classroom level for grades 4-8 then progresses to the school-wide competition. The Grundy County Spelling Bee is held with 30 participants, 5 finalists representing each of the six elementary schools. This year the County Spelling Bee was held on February 8 at Coalmont Elementary. Several rounds of words were given from the pronouncer, Mr. Bill Nunley, and each speller completed the spelling of the word given to them. The contest was one of double elimination.
The last four finalists will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Chattanooga on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The County Spelling Bee has always been one of the highlights for students, parents, schools, and their spelling coaches. Spelling Bee coaches, students and their parents put countless hours into preparing for this colossal event! Again we were honored by Mr. David Patton, a local citizen and Palmer Town Historian, for founding the following awards: David Patton Spelling Award, the Louise Geary Layne Courtesy Award, the Y.B. Ashby Teamwork Award, and the Faithful Attendance Award, which recognizes a Spelling Bee participant who has perfect attendance. We were also grateful to have Ms. Tressie Jo Kennedy present an award to the winner in memory of her daughter Ms. Shannon Brown. Ms. Brown was a huge supporter and coach of the Spelling Bee at Swiss and Pelham Elementary Schools. Grundy County Schools are very grateful to Mr. David Patton, Ms. Tressie Jo Kennedy, and all of the local sponsors and supporters of the County Spelling Bee.
The winning school team will gain the right to retain the Grundy County Spelling Bee Team Trophy, which rotates from school to school each year. This year the winning school was Coalmont Elementary. This year’s winners included: First Place – Kendale James, Pelham Elementary; Second Place – Brittany Church, Coalmont Elementary; Third Place – Elizabeth Copeland, Tracy City Elementary; and Fourth Place – Hagen Stiefel-Cash, Palmer Elementary.
The Louise Geary Layne Courtesy Award was presented to Alexa Fults of North Elementary; The Y.B. Ashby Teamwork Award was presented to Hagen Stiefel-Cash of Palmer Elementary; and The Faithful Attendance Award was presented to Brittany Church of Coalmont Elementary.
The top five spellers in the 29th Annual Grundy County Spelling Bee included (l to r): First Place – Kendale James; Second Place – Brittany Church; Third Place – Elizabeth Copeland; Fourth Place – Hagen Stiefel-Cash, and Fifth Place – Karissa Northcutt.