TUPELO – The top spellers from the Tupelo and Lee County school districts will compete today for a county championship.
The Lee County Spelling Bee will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Hancock Leadership Center on the ICC-Tupelo campus. It features the top three finishers in each district’s spelling bee.
Tupelo seventh-grader Maria Kaltchenko won last year’s county spelling bee and will be back to defend her crown after winning the Tupelo School District’s competition last Thursday.
Also representing TPSD will be Lawhon Elementary fourth-grader Mary Harrington (second place in the district competition) and Rankin Elementary fourth-grader Alena Komarec (third). Alena won a runoff that lasted roughly 45 minutes to claim third-place.
Meanwhile, Guntown seventh-grader Hanqi Qian won the Lee County School District’s competition, where the winning word was “geode.”
Mooreville Middle School seventh-grader Emmalee Blaylock was second in the Lee County Schools contest also held last Thursday, and Mooreville Elementary fifth-grader Madison Latham was third.
Last year, Kaltchenko bested second-place finisher Jacob Roland of Guntown by correctly spelling “kinetic” in round 11.
The winner of today’s event will advance to the Mid-South Spelling Bee in Memphis, Tenn.