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Hanging on every word
Top three from bee advance to district
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Cooper Meitz stands on his toes to speak into the microphone during the Forsyth County Spelling Bee Saturday at North Forsyth High School. - photo by Emily Saunders
Because of her spelling “ardency” and natural “acumen,” Everlin Wang is Forsyth County’s bee champion for correctly spelling the two nouns.

Saturday’s school system spelling bee featured the 28 elementary and middle school champions.

The bee took students, representing fourth through eighth grades, through about 13 rounds and lasted more than an hour.

Wang, a Vickery Creek Middle School eighth-grader, topped Shannon Mewes, a Liberty Middle seventh-grader, for the title.

North Forsyth Middle seventh-grader Christopher Flanagan placed third and Chattahoochee Elementary fifth-grader Elizabeth Heard was fourth.

The top three spellers advance to district level bee Feb. 27 at Mabry Middle School in Marietta. Heard will serve as an alternate.

“Everyone was a winner,” said Judi Jenkins, spelling bee coordinator. “It was an honor for each one to be named their school’s champion. With the computer and spell check, I feel it is definitely a challenge to be a good speller.”

Students who win at the district level will advance to the Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee on March 19 at the Georgia State University Student Center.

Jenkins said the winners Saturday received gift cards and a gift basket, including a Webster’s Dictionary.

But it’s more than just the prizes students receive, she said.

“I believe the competition itself instills in our kids cooperation, hard work and a basis on which to continue to learn and grow as they themselves get older,” she said.

“I think the kids love to be involved in a school event, especially one in which they can excel.”