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The Newton County School System will host the 2014 System Spelling Bee on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Newton High School. Each of the system’s elementary and middle schools will send its school spelling bee champion to participate in the county competition. Students in grades four through eight were eligible to participate in the 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.

“Spelling is one of the life-long skills that children begin to learn early in school and continue throughout their lifetimes,” said Lee Peck, Director of Elementary Schools. “Written communication is an essential component of everyday life.  In order to be an effective and efficient communicator, one must have adequate spelling knowledge.  The Spelling Bee is a fun activity in which children can participate to demonstrate the spelling skills and knowledge they have learned.”

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. If a speller misspells a word, the other contestant is given the opportunity to spell the same word. If the second contestant spells the word correctly and spells the next word on the caller’s list correctly, he or she will be declared the champion. If the second speller misspells the new word after correcting the first contestant’s error, the first contestant will be declared the champion if he or she spells the misspelled word and the next word on the caller’s list correctly.

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 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 2014 school-level spelling bee champions are as follows:





East Newton Elementary

Jet Rawls

Jackson Millwood

Fairview Elementary

Kelly Ann Baker

Sa`mya Jones

Flint Hill Elementary

Masahn Ahmad

Jayla Byrd

Heard-Mixon Elementary

Caden Grindle

Logan Johnston

Live Oak Elementary

Jackson Wilkins

Kellee Williams

Livingston Elementary

Teagan S. Roberts

Cayden D. Owen

Mansfield Elementary

Hunter Borg

Josh Daffinson

Middle Ridge Elementary

Jaisen Fignole

Tylee Holsey

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

Ralph Brown

Susan Eason

Oak Hill Elementary

Alayna Reilly

Jessica Clark

Porterdale Elementary

Emanuel Benjamin

Alani Davis

Rocky Plains Elementary

Tayla Williams

Joseph Skinner

South Salem Elementary

T`raja Jordan

Cameron White

West Newton Elementary

Emerson Greenidge, III

Tandyka Ramsay

Clements Middle

Casey Roberson

Jayden Wheeler

Cousins Middle

Laura Jean Dole

Jhonathan Oyola

Indian Creek Middle

Jessi Books

Justin Henry

Liberty Middle

Lewis Naza

Collin Hemphill

Veterans Memorial Middle

Gavin Grindle

Miracle Goiser


The winner of the Newton County School System Spelling Bee will represent the county at the Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Putnam County Middle School in Eatonton, Georgia.