Lin Wins Clay County Spelling Bee

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Participants in this year's Clay County Spelling Bee included, from left: Front-Jonathan Leonard, Zane McNeely, Max Adam Ford, Adam Romine and Louis Lin. Back-alternate Hattie Cate, Christa Flurry, Illeana Leonard, Madison Arenaz, Catie Hill and alternate Maggie Williams. Not pictured is alternate Hayley Naney.(courtesy photo)

Piggott High School student Louis Lin won the Clay County Spelling Bee, held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Piggott Elementary School. This marked the second year in a row Louis was named top speller in the county, and earned the right to represent Clay County in the state bee. This year's runner-up also represented Piggott High, as Catie Hill took second. Louis is an eighth grader at PHS, while Catie is in the seventh grade.

Lin took the victory over Hill as she stumbled on the word gambol, a noun which means to frolic or prance about.

As this year's winner, Louis was presented with a check for $100, while Hill earned a $50 second place prize. In keeping with local tradition, the prize money was donated by Piggott State Bank, with Loan Officer Shawn Parker making the presentation.

Shawn Parker, of Piggott State Bank, handed out the prizes to the top two finishers in the Clay County Spelling Bee, held last week at PES. First place, and a $100 prize, went to Piggott eighth grader Louis Lin (right) while second place honors, and a $50 prize, went to PHS seventh grader Catie Hill (left). (courtesy photo)

Last year Lin finished seventh in the state spelling bee, and in the months since the local student has prepped to return and make an even better showing.

He'll be competing against others from across the state on Saturday, Feb. 28. The annual Arkansas State Spelling Bee will be held in Reynolds Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, at Conway. The contest has been sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1992, and before that it was sponsored from 1983 through 1991 by the Arkansas Gazette. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation's largest and longest-running education promotion and is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and local sponsors.

This year's participants included Lin and Hill from Piggott, along with Madison Arenaz and alternate Maggie Williams.

Rector students participating included Max Adam Ford, Zane McNeely and Adam Romine. Hayley Naney of Rector also qualified as an alternate, but was unable to attend.

Students from Corning taking part this year were Christa Flurry, Illeana Leonard, Jonathan Leonard and alternate Hattie Cate.

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