By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
Friday, February 1, 2013 —
Stanly County Schools (SCS) had its countywide spelling bee on Wednesday afternoon at Stanly Commons.
Students from 15 schools earned the right to appear in the county bee, whether they won their school bee or were selected to appear by the school.
Grades first through eighth were eligible to compete, and there was a good smattering of all age groups represented in the event.
“To the parents, thank you so much for your continued support in helping out Stanly County Schools,” said Dr. Sandra Carter, assistant superintendent for SCS. She extended her thanks to all guardians who made student success possible, as well.
“And to students, congratulations on being here. You’re already a winner,” Carter said.
Jency Speight, director of elementary education, was in charge of the event.
Speight laid out the ground rules before the spelling began.
Students were to say their word, then spell it and finish by repeating the word.
Grounds for disqualification were as follows: refusal to spell the word, incorrect spelling, unsportsman-like conduct or alteration of letters if the child repeats a word.
Students were able to ask for the word’s definition, part of speech, use in a sentence, alternate pronunciations and/or the language of origin in order to help them spell the word correctly.
Additionally, should there be any issues with a spelling or decision by the judges, students were able to fill out an appeal form to contest any decisions.
The judges for the bee were Leigh Hayes, Jo Faulkner and Susan Brooks.
Pronouncer for the afternoon was Leon Warren, radio personality for 1010 WSPC.
Students were asked to stand, facing the judges and audience, as they began.
During the tournament students were asked to spell words such as “impossible,” “vantage,” “stoic” and “foyer.”
As the words flew and the students spouted out letters, two emerged to compete for the title of champion, Braidyn Davis and Luke Barringer.
Davis and Barringer came close on two different instances. The deciding words were “luau,” “gazelle” and “stucco.”
Davis attempted to spell the difficult Hawaiian term, “luau,” but missed it.
Barringer fired off the letters for “gazelle,” his next word. Then for the win, Barringer proclaimed the letters in “stucco” with a clear, confident voice.
Barringer is in the fifth grade and is from Endy Elementary.
He won the Endy Spelling Bee, which earned him the position in the county bee.
Barringer admitted that he spent “at least a couple of days” studying for the bee.
“I had my mawmaw call out words from the list and I just spelled them until I spelled them right,” Barringer said.
He said he was given a little booklet to use in studying for the spelling bee.
This is not the first year Barringer has participated in the spelling bee; he’s participated in his school bee twice.
“I came in second last year and I came in third the year before that,” Barringer said.
His hard work and dedication has paid off, for Barringer will travel to Charlotte on Feb. 11 to compete in The Charlotte Observer 59th Regional Spelling Bee, the winner of which will go on to compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
All of the students who participated in the county bee are Nawaz Haque, Albemarle Middle, 7th; Josie Garland, Aquadale Elementary, 5th; Tyler McCormick, Badin Elementary, 4th; Koby Carpenter, Central Elementary, 3rd; Gage Dennis, East Albemarle Elementary, 5th; Luke Barringer, Endy Elementary, 5th; Stella Griffin, Locust Elementary, 3rd; Jewell Haas, Millingport Elementary, 5th; Devin Booney, North Stanly Middle, 8th; B.J. Christian, Norwood Elementary, 4th; Evan Marker, Oakboro Elementary, 3rd; Sarah Isenhour, Richfield Elementary, 5th; Braidyn Davis, South Stanly Middle, 7th; Sheridan Meadors, Stanfield Elementary, 4th; and Brooke Burris, West Stanly Middle, 7th.