The Georgetown School Hosts SCISA Regional Spelling Bee

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scott Harper/Times Dr. Gary Gates and recorder Beth Roberts talk with two of the spelling contestants.


The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences hosted the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 16 in the Winyah Auditorium.

Eight area schools competed in spelldowns organized by grade level. Each round began with up to 16 students on the stage and continued until only two students were left.

“May I have the definition, please?” a hopeful speller asked the pronouncer, TGS Head of School Dr. Gary Gates, during the sixth-grade round.

“Romaji—a method of writing Japanese characters in the Roman alphabet,” answered Gates. On the stage, judges Dwight McInvaill, Barbara Singleton and Fairey Newbern listened intently for the speller to begin.

Carolina Academy, Pee Dee Academy and The King’s Academy garnered the most overall participant points. Finalists going on to the SCISA State Spelling Bee on February 12 include:

3rd grade: Reid McCutcheon, Williamsburg Academy and Caleb Williams, The King’s Academy

4th grade: Grayson Martin, Thomas Hart Academy and Brodee Clontz, The King’s Academy

5th grade: Anish Jona, Montessori of Florence and Christian Herring, Thomas Hart Academy

6th grade: Rebecca Llu, Montessori of Florence and Trevor Moore, Williamsburg Academy

7th grade: Mara Feagin, Williamsburg Academy and Laura Kelley Cook, Carolina Academy

8th grade: Isabella Neubauer, The Georgetown School and Lauren Garris, Pee Dee Academy.

In addition to state finalist Isabella Neubauer, other TGS students did very well in their respective spelldowns, with Grayson Sossamon capturing 4th place for seventh grade, and Adara Grant and Ryleigh Neubauer taking 5th and 6th places for the sixth grade. There was also a surprise visit from Larry Watt, Executive Director of SCISA to the event.

“The Georgetown School would like to thank the Winyah Auditorium for the use of its beautiful and historic facility,” Gates said.

The Georgetown School is a non-profit, community-oriented school in the heart of Georgetown. To learn more, call (843)520-4359 and visit the website at www.thegeorgetownschool.org.

Source: Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences

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