Semolina: The purified middlings of hard wheat, according to Merriam-Webster.
Sem•o•li•na: The noun that won the 2017 Chesterfield County Public Schools spelling bee.
This year’s top speller in Chesterfield County Public Schools is Mary Grace Walsh, an eighth-grade student at Robious Middle. She won the countywide spelling bee on Feb. 8, topping a field of 18 Chesterfield students. The spelling bee runner-up is Kamryn Plowden, a seventh-grade student at Midlothian Middle.
The spelling bee lasted nine rounds, and featured 13 students from middle schools and five from elementary schools. Mary Grace correctly spelled semolina to win the competition and will represent Chesterfield County Public Schools in the regional spelling bee on March 11 at the Library of Virginia. The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
“We are in awe of these talented students,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “Participating in a nerve-wracking competition is one thing; participating in a nerve-wracking competition in front of an audience, while spelling words that many have not heard of before, is a challenge only a few students can stand up to. We commend these students for their bravery and their academic successes.”
These 18 students represented their schools in the county spelling bee: