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January 10, 2020

45 students to compete in county spelling bee Jan. 11

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
2019 Fauquier County Spelling Bee co-champions Haley Phillips and Melody Harlan.
Forty-five students will compete in the Fauquier County Public Schools Spelling Bee on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Warrenton.

The spelling bee will begin at 10 a.m. in the Taylor Middle School auditorium.

The spellers advanced from competition at 11 elementary and five middle schools.

Taylor Middle School reading specialist John Lucas serves as the school system’s spelling bee coordinator. Eileen Burgwyn, a retired school administrator, again will serve as the pronouncer.
The winner will advance to the 15th annual Free Lance-Star Regional Spelling Bee in March. The regional winner will be eligible to participate in the 93rd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor in May.

Last January, the county bee ended in a tie, after defending champ Melody Harlan, a Greenville Elementary fifth-grader, and Haley Phillips, an Auburn Middle School eighth-grader, battled head-to-head for 10 very tense final rounds and the organizers exhausted the list of words.

The county spelling bee participants:

• Bradley Elementary: Marcellus Newman*, Andrew Price, Anna Swanwick

• Brumfield Elementary: Ayden Dionys*, Matthew McMahon, Shaan Yogendrah

• Coleman Elementary: Hudson Allen, Colton DeFriest, Lucas Weeks*,

• Greenville Elementary: Sloane Boyle*, Riley Brooks, Riley Min

• Miller Elementary: Jennifer Laari*, Cailin Lawlor, Alivia Yates

• Pearson Elementary: Avery Armistead*, Marcella Lutz, Claire Wahl

• Pierce Elementary: Lainey Maynard*, Logan Pribble, Taavi Risinger

• Ritchie Elementary: James Beauchamp*, William Sheedy, Isabella Suddarth

• Smith Elementary: Leigh Bieger, Tristan Bryant*, Miles Karner

• Thompson Elementary: Jairo Contreras*, Miguel Flores*, Eliana Hunter

• Walter Elementary:
Olivia Arey, Emmet Price, Anna Snyder*

• Auburn Middle School: Shannon Anderson*, Melody Harlan*, Claire Pettingill*

• Cedar Lee Middle School: Bryar Laine*, Caylin Navarro*, Aaron Putman

• Marshall Middle School: Georgia Grady*, JoJo Seiler*, Wyatt Shaw*

• Taylor Middle School: Adriana Escamilla, Davyn Guskiewicz, Shelby Kaye*

• Warrenton Middle School: Elaine Cayton, Htetarkar Lin*, Max Marier

* = School champion or co-champion.
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