On Thursday evening, January 10, sixteen of the county’s top spellers assembled at St. Paul School to compete for Carroll County Public Schools top spelling honor.
After numerous rounds and toppling upper classmen from grades five through eight, St. Paul’s fourth grade Abby Leonard, the school’s current champion, took top honors.
Spelling such words as “ductile” and “authoritative”, she went to the final round where she faced fifth grader Kaylee Rasnick, the champion speller from Oakland Elementary School. The two girls went only two rounds before Leonard was declared the county’s outstanding speller.
As the county champion, Leonard will represent Carroll County Public Schools in the Scripps National Spelling competition to be held later this year in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Leonard is the daughter of Don Leonard, Jr. of Cana and Shawna Leonard. Rasnick is the daughter of Brandy Smith and Robert Rasnick of the Coal Creek Community.
Competitors in the 2013 bee included: Grade 4 - Jeremy Rowlett (FGES), Brianna Holland (GBES), Allison Adams (GVES), Alexis Smith (HES), Riley Bunn (OES) and Abby Leonard (SPS), Grade 5 – Mason Duncan (FGES), Brett Bowman (GBES), Aurora Ingo (GVES), Alexandria Lucas (HES), Kristen Wheatley (LES), Kaylee Rasnick (OES), and Peydon Jones (SPS) Grade 6 – Laken Crockett (WIS) Grade 7 – none present, and Grade 8 – Dylan Quesinberry and Chase Sink – both from CCIS.
Others scheduled to participate but not present were Corey Ring (gr. 4 – LES), Korbin Monday (gr. 6 – SPS), Chelsea Rosier (gr. 6 WIS), Eli Jones (gr. 7 - SPS), Frances Waters (gr. 7 – WIS), McKenzie Sharp (gr. 7 – WIS), and Joey Dalton (gr. 8 – CCIS).