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January 28, 2016

The Newton County School System will host the 2016 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School. Each of the school system’s elementary and middle schools will send its spelling bee champion to participate in the county competition. Students in grades four through eight were eligible to participate in their school competitions. In addition to the champion, each school will send its runner up in the school spelling bee as an alternate in the event the school champion is unable to participate.

“Even in the technology rich world that we live in today, spelling continues to be an important tool because the written word is so powerful,” said Benjamin B. Roundtree, Director of Elementary Schools. “Among other things, the spelling bee supports our students’ learning by enhancing their understanding of vocabulary relative to spelling and by promoting correct word usage. Indeed, spelling bee competitions in our schools continue to be highly anticipated events, and we are happy to continue this venerable tradition.”

During the competition, contestants must spell the word they are given correctly. After having started to spell a word, the contestant will not be given any opportunity to change the letters, once pronounced. If a speller fails to spell the word correctly, he must step out of the competition.

Once the competition is down to just two remaining contestants, the elimination procedure will change. When one finalist misses a word, the other finalist will spell the next word on the caller’s list. If the contestant spells that word and the next word on the list correctly, he or she will be declared the winner. If he or she misspells either of those two words, the other finalist will be given the next word on the caller’s list to spell. If that finalist spells the next word and the next correctly, he or she will be declared the winner. If both finalists misspell their word, both shall continue in the Bee and the one who first misspelled his or her word shall be given the next word on the caller’s list to spell.

The judges and the Newton County Spelling Bee Committee are in complete control of the Bee at all times and the judges’ decision shall be final on all matters.

Parents and family members are invited to attend the NCSS Spelling Bee; however, we ask that parents refrain from bringing infants and small children to the competition as they may distract the contestants. We also ask that flash photography only be used after the competition is completed.

Newton County School System’s 2016 school-level spelling bee champions are as follows:





East Newton Elementary

Riley Worley

Jewel Thomas

Fairview Elementary

Joey Reynolds

Jaimoni Parker

Flint Hill Elementary

Zadia Atkism

Zavier Wallace

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Mason Westbrook

Lynda Coots

Live Oak Elementary

Nicholas Duclosel

Naijha Barnes

Livingston Elementary

Nikilis Johnson

Ashley Holland

Mansfield Elementary

Dylan Jones

Steven Livingston

Middle Ridge Elementary

Domonick Cooper

Taliah Cornish

Newton County Theme School  at Ficquett

Scott Evritt

Cheyanne Washington

Oak Hill Elementary

Shelby  Housworth

Aiden  Ruffin

Porterdale Elementary

Raina Mannah

Jaden Grier

Rocky Plains Elementary

Cameron Jones

David Remington

South Salem Elementary

Reagan Key

Leila Diallo

West Newton Elementary

Jade Neal

Isabel  Cuadros

Clements Middle

Jayden Wheeler

Justice Ferguson

Cousins Middle

Stephanie Vaughn

Laura Jean Dole

Indian Creek Middle

Jet Rawls

Brendan Glaspie

Liberty Middle

Safiyyah Rahim

David Byrke

Veterans Memorial Middle

Emerson Greendridge

Jacob Lynch


The winner of the Newton County School System Spelling Bee will represent the school district at the Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Sequoyah Middle School in Riverdale, Georgia.