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Johnson is the top speller in Gilchrist County

The top two spellers from every public and private school in Gilchrist County participated in the District Spelling Bee on Tuesday morning at Bell High School.

The top two spellers from every public and private school in Gilchrist County participated in the District Spelling Bee on Tuesday morning at Bell High School.

 

Trenton Middle School’s Johnathan Johnson won the Gilchrist County School District Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Dec. 2 and will now go on to compete in Tallahassee.

Held at Bell High School on Tuesday morning, the District Spelling Bee featured 12 participants, who represented public and private schools from throughout Gilchrist County.

Participants were Caleb Hall and Helen Kreinbihl of Bell Elementary School, Casey Dees and Jack Denny of Bell Middle-High School, Ryan Byrd and DJ (Byron) Byrd of First Place Academy, Maddie Barron and Evan Holifield of Riverside Christian School, Chrissy Franks and Christian Hendricks of Trenton Elementary School, Johnathan Johnson and Ethan Spain of Trenton Middle-High School.

At the District Spelling Bee, students were asked to spell a number of challenging words that they have been studying in preparation for the District Bee. Bell reading coach Jennifer Verhaeren acted as the pronouncer.

Johnathan is the son of Angela Amundson. He is in the 8th grade at Trenton Middle School and is 13-years-old. Johnathan said he spent two or three nights studying for the District Bee prior to Tuesday’s competition.

Runner-up in the District Bee was Bell Elementary School student Caleb Hall.

Johnathan will now go on to compete in the Big Bend Spelling Bee, which will be held in Februrary in Tallahassee. The champion of that spelling bee will win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Best of luck Johnathan!

Trenton Middle School student Johnathan Johnson

Trenton Middle School student Johnathan Johnson

By Carrie A. Mizell