Clayton News-Star

Johnston spelling bee is Tuesday in Selma

The Johnston County spelling bee is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the auditorium at Selma Elementary School, 311 W. Richardson St., Selma.

The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

This year’s contestants are:

▪  Michael Ellison, a sixth-grader at Benson Middle School. He is the son of Michael and Tiffany Ellison. His winning word at the school bee was “debilitate.”

▪  Casper Smith, a sixth-grader at Clayton Middle School. He is the son of Cowl Ley and Susan Smith. His winning word was “hyacinth.”

▪  Jack Page, an eighth-grader at Cleveland Middle School. He is the son of Shawn and Christina Page. His winning word was “sorcerer.”

▪  Emily Eldridge, a sixth-grader at Four Oaks Middle School. She is the daughter of Paula Woodall. Her winning word was “anathema.”

▪  Aleisha Gray, a home-schooled sixth-grader. She is the daughter of Scott and Cheri Gray. Her winning word was “laudable.”

▪  Julian Clark, an eighth-grader at McGee’s Crossroads Middle School. He is the son of David and Janet Clark. His winning word was “harbinger.”

▪  Randy Thompson, an eighth-grader at Meadow School. He is the son of Randy Thompson. His winning word was “audacious.”

▪  Lauren House, a seventh-grader at North Johnston Middle School. She is the daughter of Frank and Deborah House. Her winning word was “argumentative.”

▪  Ben Bayles, an eighth-grader at Princeton School. He is the son of Jimmy and Joyce Bayles. His winning word was “irrigation.”

▪  Simon Krajan, an eighth-grader at Riverwood Middle School. He is the son of Je and Malyne Krajan. His winning word was “hummock.”

▪  Edgar Blanco, an eighth-grader at Selma Middle School. He is the son of Porfirio and Carmen Blanco. His winning word was “especially.”

▪  Sophia Torres, a seventh-grader at Smithfield Middle School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Torres. Her winning word was “cultivation.”

▪  Abigail Pittman, a seventh-grader at Southside Christian School. She is the daughter of Frank and Leslie Pittman. Her winning word was “encryption.”

The pronouncer for the Johnston County spelling bee is Dr. Tom Howerton, a professor at Johnston Community College. The alternate pronouncer is Brian Rapp of the N.C. Housing Finance Agency. The judges are Alison Drain of UNC Johnston Health and Nash Dunn of the Clayton News-Star and News & Observer.

For more information visit www.spellingbee.com.

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