Bailey Bridge Middle eighth-grader wins countywide spelling bee

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Photos: Instructional Specialist for Secondary Language Arts Wayne Motley congratulates spelling bee champ Christina. Spelling bee competitors wait for first word to be called. Bailey Bridge Middle student is county’s top speller

This year’s top speller in Chesterfield County Public Schools is Christina, an eighth-grader at Bailey Bridge Middle. She won the countywide spelling bee on Jan. 29. The spelling bee runner-up is Russell, an eighth-grader at Midlothian Middle.

The spelling bee lasted 20 rounds, with only Christina and Russell left standing when round 13 began. Russell and Christina correctly spelled mikado, prerogative, forsythia, détente, hypocrisy, egregious, basmati, archipelago, ocelot, soliloquy, philately and trattoria. In the 19th round, Russell misspelled blitzkrieg and Christina correctly spelled fusillade. Christina then spelled gopak in the 20th round to win. She will represent Chesterfield County Public Schools in the regional spelling bee on March 13.

In addition to Christina and Russell, these 14 students represented their schools in the Chesterfield County Public Schools spelling bee:

  • Crenshaw Elementary third-grader Jariah (this year’s youngest speller, who correctly spelled mohair, brethren, indulgent, benison, pantomime and slalom before missing pusillanimous in round 7)
  • Gates Elementary fourth-grader Sean
  • Reams Road Elementary fifth-grader Myasia
  • Spring Run Elementary fifth-grader Jaya (the elementary student to make it the farthest in this year’s bee; she misspelled magnanimous in round 10)
  • Academy 360 eighth-grader Jazmine
  • Carver Middle seventh-grader Ryan
  • Elizabeth Davis Middle eighth-grader Tessa
  • Falling Creek Middle seventh-grader Asina
  • Manchester Middle sixth-grader Tristan
  • Providence Middle sixth-grader Mary
  • Robious Middle sixth-grader Grace
  • Salem Church Middle eighth-grader Savanna
  • Swift Creek Middle eighth-grader Tanner
  • Tomahawk Creek Middle seventh-grader Porter