County Spelling Bee Held at Rector
Kourtney Chadwell, an eighth grade student from Piggott High School
will represent Clay County in the March 2 Arkansas Spelling Bee in
Conway. She earned that honor Thursday of last week during
competition in the county's spelling bee held in Rector.
Three students from each school district in the county assembled in
Rector school library to determine the top speller and the county's
Ms. Chadwell spelled "forensics" to win the honors and was given $100
in cash from Piggott State Bank to help defray expenses to Conway.
Second place went to Melanie Ricker, Corning eighth grader, who was
eliminated when she misspelled "monitory." Third place finisher,
Louis Lin, a sixth grader at Piggott Elementary School, was seated by the word "beguile."
Of the nine participants, four were eliminated on the first round;
two were seated during the second round, leaving the top three who
each spelled several more words.