2018-02-07 / Local News

Winning was the piece de resistance

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Cherokee County students were challenged to correctly spell their share of tricky words Tuesday in the annual school district spelling bee.

Northwest Elementary School 3rd-grader Dhairya Patel correctly spelled the word “incessant” to win this year’s event. Granard Middle student Jakob Upton, a former Northwest Elementary student, was runner-up.

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “incessant” as unending. However, the district’s 15 school spelling bee winners only took an hour to decide the winner.

The words used in the contest were taken from the Scripps-Howard list used for the national spelling bee.

“My favorite word is piece de resistance,” said Patel, referring to a word which means masterpiece.

Patel spelled piece de resistance to win the Northwest Elementary school spelling bee in December to qualify for the district contest. He said he was nervous about the school district’s spelling bee until he found out he won the championship.

“When I won, I thought I was going to be famous in the newspaper,” Patel said.

Cherokee County Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore presented each school spelling bee winner with a trophy and dictionary following the competition. The dictionaries were provided by the Cherokee County School Board while the trophies were provided by First Piedmont Federal Savings & Loan.

Elementary school contestants included Blake Burgess (Alma), Lauren Jeffcoat (B.D. Lee), Cassidy Beason (Blacksburg), Carson Bailey (Corinth), Merissa Martin (Draytonville), Natalya Glaser (Goucher), Clara Deleon-Shay (Grassy Pond), Michaela Bright (Limestone-Central), Xavier Barrows (Luther Vaughan) and Laila Allen (Mary Bramlett.)

Middle school competitors included Sianna Davidson (Blacksburg Middle), Dylan Pelton (Ewing Middle), and Caitlin Hines (Gaffney Middle.)

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