Blake Wins County Spelling Bee, Haywood Second

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Taking the top two spots in the Clay County Spelling Bee at Corning were first place Natalie Blake (right), of Piggott, and second place Landon Haywood of Rector.(photo courtesy Clay County Courier)

For the second year in a row, Natalie Blake of Piggott was crowned as the winner of the Clay County Spelling Bee. Blake, a sixth grader at PES, won the title on Wednesday, Jan. 18, competing in the annual event at Corning High School.

The daughter of Dr. Dennis and Stacy Blake, Natalie was also the county champ last year as a fifth grader and competed in the state spelling bee.

Coming in second in the county bee at Corning was Rector's Landon Hayood. He's the son of Shannon and Chris Haywood.

Blake qualified for the county bee for the second year in a row as the second place finisher in the Piggott bee, as she was edged by classmate Madison Arenaz. This year's Piggott alternate was also from the sixth grade, as Shawn-Hudson Seegraves finished third. This marks the second year the members of the class have dominated the local bee.

Natalie is scheduled to make the trip to Conway on Saturday, March 4, to participate in the Arkansas State Spelling Bee.

It will be held beginning at 9 a.m. in the Harold E. Cooper Educational Complex on the campus of Central Baptist College, 1501 College Avenue, Conway. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. Those wanting to learn more about the state bee may visit them online at

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