East Coweta Middle School student Zachary Coltrane won Coweta County’s district-wide Spelling Bee, held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday, January 7. Coltrane – an 8th grader at East Coweta – became Coweta County’s 2016 spelling champion in the 20th round of the annual competition , after sparring with Madras Middle School 7th grader James Salisbury for several rounds. Coltrane correctly spelled “erroneous” and “cache” for the win.
This year’s spelling bee winner and runner-up each received a Kindle Fire, provided by bee sponsor BB&T of Newnan and awarded by Garnett Reynolds of BB&T. Coweta’s annual spelling bee began with 25 competitors, from 4th through 8th grade – the winners of school spelling bees held in Coweta County’s 19 elementary schools and 6 middle schools.
Principals Christi Hildebrand of Elm Street Elementary School, Keafer Triplett, of Smokey Road Middle School and Amy Harrison of Brooks Elementary School served as judges, and Dean Jackson served as pronouncer, for Thursday’s competition. The 25 competitors at Monday’s bee were all winners of their own school spelling bees, which were held earlier in the school year. The winners and runners-up at this year school spelling bees were:
Press Release from Coweta County School System – Dean Jackson / Office of Public Information