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County spelling bee entertains
Top three advance to district competition
Rachel Walter, far right, won the 2013 Forsyth County school system spelling bee on Saturday at North Forsyth High School. She is joined on stage here by the runners-up, from left, Claire Deng, Tyler Xu and Julia Vallier. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Top spellers

Competing in this year’s Forsyth County Schools county spelling bee were:


Elementary schools

* Big Creek – Abhinav Iyer

* Brookwood -  Tyler Xu

* Chattahoochee – Tommy Craddock

* Chestatee – Julia Vallier

* Coal Mountain – Sammy Gore

* Cumming – Amy Anderson

* Daves Creek – Akshita Sharma

* Haw Creek – Ashriitha Shanmugam

* Johns Creek – Julia Chang

* Kelly Mill – Sujai Reddy

* Mashburn – Morgan Parsley

* Matt – Jacob Hiltzheimer

* Midway – Morell Kenmoe

* Sawnee – Brittany Caruso

* Settles Bridge – Cole Donovan

* Sharon – Jessica Terry

* Shiloh Point – Anup Bottu

* Silver City – Neha Dave

* Vickery Creek – Mahin Gonela

* Whitlow – Claire Deng


Middle schools

* Lakeside – Rachel Walter

* Liberty – Austin Holbrook

* Little Mill – Mitchell Welker

* North Forsyth – Logan Choflet

* Otwell – Caya Bennett

* Piney Grove – Arianne Duyvelaar

* Riverwatch – Sadhana Durbha

* South Forsyth – Holly Wilson

* Vickery Creek – Jake Wasserman

Source: Forsyth County Schools 

Rachel Walter wasn’t wheezing in the least when she correctly spelled the final word during the Forsyth County school system’s spelling bee.

Held Saturday morning at the North Forsyth High School performing arts auditorium, the annual bee brought together the top spellers from all of the county’s public elementary and middle schools.

Each earned their chance to compete after claiming titles at their individual schools.

Walter, the Lakeside Middle champion, made it to the final rounds with second-place finisher Julia Vallier from Chestatee Elementary.

Vallier stumbled on “Sequoya,” opening the door for Walter to take the top spot.

After she successfully spelled that word, Walter clenched victory with a correct spelling of “wheeze.”

A total of 29 students took part in the bee, which lasted about 90 minutes and featured words such as “filibuster,” “galvanize” and “mahogany.”

Third-place finisher Tyler Xu from Brookwood Elementary will advance with Walter and Vallier to the district competition Feb. 23 in Marietta.

Claire Deng from Whitlow Elementary, who finished fourth in the local bee, will serve as an alternate.

Organizer Judi Jenkins said watching the young spellers compete is always fun.

“The kids get smarter and the words get harder,” she said.