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February 6, 2018

The Newton County School System will host the 2018 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 9, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton College & Career Academy. 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 2018 school-level spelling bee champions are as follows:





East Newton Elementary

Darren Ian White

Ava Kay Moss

Fairview Elementary

Joel Williams III

Mackenzie Greninger

Flint Hill Elementary

Jamari McGee

Shomari Ahmad

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Matthew McNure

Caitlyn Snead

Live Oak Elementary

Sanaii Muhammad

Stephen Bolden

Livingston Elementary

Camdyn Hicks

Daniel Rains

Mansfield Elementary

Jordan Allen

Caroline Patil

Middle Ridge Elementary

Joseph E. Woodruff

Fenton Lambert

Newton County Theme School  at Ficquett

Jaimoni Parker

Morgan Fannin

Oak Hill Elementary

Ariel Webb

Dylan Prueter

Porterdale Elementary

Invy Parker

Samantha Miranda-Gonzalez

Rocky Plains Elementary

Jordan McCullough

Jackson Allred

South Salem Elementary

Dylan Bryant

Evan Davis

West Newton Elementary

Aniya Glover

George Dickerson

Clements Middle

Onemerhomu Erakpotobor

Gabriel Williams

Cousins Middle

Matthew Walker

Lawson Holder

Indian Creek Middle

Jacques Green

Kenny Durham

Liberty Middle

Ashley Holland

Asha Watson

Veterans Memorial Middle

Ruben Azinord

Natalie Henderson


The winner of the Newton County School System Spelling Bee will represent the school district at the District 5 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Edwards Middle School in Conyers, Georgia.