Photo left to right: Superintendent Bobby Pearce, District Spelling Bee winner Audrey Gregory, runner-up Anderson Quintanilla.
Photo by Louann Crum
Eighth grade Wakulla Middle School student Audrey Gregory earned the Spelling Bee District Champion title on January 13, 2017. She will now go on to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee in Tallahassee on February 18, representing Wakulla County.
Regional winners go on to state competition and state winners participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
Runner-up was sixth grader Anderson Quintanilla of COAST Independent Charter School.
Participants are from grades four through eight. Each school sent their top two students from school-level Spelling Bees to participate in the 41st annual Wakulla County District Spelling Bee. Students were coached by teachers at their schools.
Crawfordville Elementary participants were fourth grader Hunter Estes and fifth grader Ian Wickham. Their coach was Alisa Adkinson.
Medart Elementary sent fourth grader Gregory Crow and fifth grader Madden Metcalf coached by Betsy Williamson.
Riversink Elementary students were fourth grader Jenna Cross and fifth grader Garret Broxton coached by Diane Driggers.
Shadeville Elementary sent fourth grader Isabel Brown coached by Christina Nall and fifth grader Hayden Peacock coached by Judy Paris.
Riversprings Middle School participants were seventh grader Marina Whitsell and eighth grader Carter Wessinger coached by Jennifer Thaxton.
Wakulla Middle School seventh grader Tyler Lowe along with district winner Audrey Gregory were coached by Charlotte Hoover.
COAST Independent Charter School fourth grader Saige Hafley and district runner-up Anderson Quintanilla were coached by Lesley Gerrell.
Co-coordinators of the Wakulla District Spelling Bee were Lori Sandgren and Katherine Spivey. Wakulla County School Board member Melisa Taylor was the pronouncer.
Superintendent Bobby Pearce noted, “It’s always a pleasure to see these bright young students’ hard work pay off when we watch them go round after round in the Spelling Bee. Hats off to the coaches who gave their time in addition to teaching all day, and to the parents who no doubt practiced with their children at home.”