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We are proud to be associated with the Grundy County Spelling Bee because it brings together some of the “best and brightest” students in the Grundy County School system. And that’s not all. When you trace them down years later you find that their spelling bee days were just a tune-up for the success they are enjoying as adults.
Deanna Fults – When you’re just a kid and win any county event three times, you’ve got a lot on the ball and Deanna Fults sure did by winning the Grundy County Spelling Bee in 1990, 1991, and 1992 while a student at North Elementary School.
She attended Converse College in Spartanburg, SC from 1996 to 2000 with a double major in politics and Spanish and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude.
Her next stop was Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans from 2000 to 2003. In a class of 300 students from all over the world, she finished in the top ten percent and graduated with the Degree of Juris Doctor, Cum Laude.
Admitted to practice law in Alabama and Tennessee, she previously worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama and now works for TVA as a Labor Relations Consultant in Knoxville, TN.
Deeply involved in her community, she served as president of the Junior League of Knoxville 2001-2012 and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Knoxville. Recognized by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal as one of Knoxville’s “40 under 40,” she serves on the Board of Directors for the Knoxville YWCA and the Knox County Family Justice Center. Deanna’s hobbies are travel, gardening, and volunteer work.
Ashlyn Fincher – She only won the Grundy County Spelling Bee in 2006, but I’ll always remember her as the first winner of my spelling award at the event and the good impression she made on me.
After her days at North Elementary, she graduated from Grundy County High School in 2011 as a co-valedictorian of her senior class.
Now majoring in finance at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, she has an apartment there with her sister. Ashlyn’s career plans are as a stockbroker, financial analyst, or something along those lines. She hopes to move somewhere different for a few years after graduation and is currently considering Nashville.
A hard working young lady, Ashlyn works at Sonic Drive-In in Cookeville and also as a student worker in the Decision Sciences and Management Office at Tennessee Tech. During the summer of 2012 she worked at Scotty’s Computers.
Ashlyn’s hobbies include photography, horseback riding, and softball and she also has her own photography business.
Please join me in sending special “congratulations” to Ashlyn. She will graduate with her degree in May 2014, after being in college only three years!
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Bettye Sherwood in bringing you this story. It may be viewed soon on the Grundy County Historical Society website at www.gchs.homestead.com.
The 30th Annual Grundy County Spelling Bee is set for February 11 at Coalmont Elementary School.