Spellers move on to regional meet | News | The Press and Standard

by | January 28, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: January 31, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Colleton County Middle School’s Jasmine Calloway periodically crossed her fingers at the microphone. Hendersonville Elementary School’s A’Niya Williams always had her pink rabbit’s foot nearby.

But it was skill, not luck, that led them to the top two spots in Colleton County School District’s Spelling Bee Tuesday morning.

A correct spelling of “tutu” kicked off the annual bee. By the third round, the contestants had been whittled down to Calloway and Williams.

With a subtle nod of her head, Anna S. Bright, the bee’s pronouncer, would move a student on; an equally subtle shake of her head would let a contestant know that they had missed the word and it was time to turn over their placard.

When Colleton Middle School student Isabel Smutz missed her word, she and the rest of the students left the stage, leaving Calloway and Williams to vie for the top trophy.

Smutz will join Calloway and Williams in the regional spelling bee to be held at Charleston Southern University on March 10.

The final two made their way through everything from “xylophone” to “gorgeous.”

Then came “apricot.” Williams missed it. Calloway got it right.

To claim the title, Calloway then had to correctly spell “iguana.” She did.

Colleton County School Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Juliet White handled the awards presentation for the spelling bee participants and alternates.

The top spellers from Bells Elementary School, Cottageville Elementary School, Forest Hills Elementary, Hendersonville Elementary and Northside Elementary joined the top spellers from Colleton County Middle School at the district bee.

The district spelling bee participants and alternates were:

Bells Elementary School: Kloey Bidwell, Dayanae Neals and Shayla Moore.

Colleton County Middle School: Jasmine Calloway, Isabel Smutz, Charliyah Grant, JaKayla Frasier:, Hannah Biering, Gianni Boyd, Ally Robinson, Sarah Rumph and Daryl Green.

Cottageville Elementary School: Jayianna Jackson, Blake Laughlin and Emily DeCiancio.

Forest Hills Elementary School: Keane Hickman, Jeremy Morris and Colby McCall.

Hendersonville Elementary School: A’Niya Williams, ZyAsia Ferguson and Asia Ford.

Northside Elementary School: Terriann Walker, Trinity Vincent and Hayden Kubik.

The school coordinators were: Angela Baker for Bells Elementary School; Tiffany Pearson for Colleton Middle School; Cotrina White for Cottageville Elementary School; Sandra Howell for Forest Hills Elementary School; Angel Parker for Hendersonville Elementary School; April Willis for Northside Elementary School and Redell Sherrill for Colleton County School District.

“This is truly an accomplishment,” Foster said told the contestants. “Represent us well at the regional,” he told the winners.

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