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South sixth-grader takes spelling crown
23-round bee ends on 'annoy'
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Tommy Clark, left, edged Katelin Simpson for the Forsyth County school system spelling bee on Saturday. - photo by Jim Dean


The following students also participated in Saturday's Forsyth County spelling bee:

* Elementary schools: Anirudh Bixmal, Big Creek; Connor Stephenson, Chattachoochee;  Emily Nizialek, Chattahoochee; Matthew Morgan, Cumming;  Jack Frank, Daves Creek; Elynna Chang, Johns Creek; Maddy Whitley, Mashburn; Olivia Garmon, Matt; Austin Reynolds, Midway; Emily Rothenberger, Sawnee; Katie Zaeh, Settles Bridge; Brayden Segat, Sharon; Charan Kumar, Shiloh Point; Alex Norris, Silver City; and Eric Snelgrove, Vickery Creek

* Middle schools: Shannon Mewes, Liberty; Emily Dutton, Little Mill; Taylor Gordy, North Forsyth; Aaron Strickland, Otwell; Akshay Muralisrinivasan, Piney Grove; Ryan McWilliams, Riverwatch; and Sean Dai, Vickery Creek

After 23 rounds, Tommy Clark, a sixth-grader at South Forsyth Middle School, won the Forsyth County school system spelling bee, district officials said.

Katelin Simpson, a fifth-grader at Coal Mountain Elementary, was named runner-up Saturday after she missed the word "tepid," officials said.

Clark spelled it correctly and followed that by spelling "annoy" to take the win.

Top spellers from all Forsyth County elementary and middle schools competed Saturday.

Both Clark and Simpson advance to the district spelling bee on Feb. 28 at Mabry Middle School in Marietta.