Haywood Wins Clay County Spelling Bee
Rector seventh grader Landon Haywood won the Clay County Spelling Bee Tuesday afternoon. Haywood took first place in the annual bee, held this year at Piggott Elementary School, by spelling the words memorandum and pastrami. He is now eligible to participate in the state spelling bee, set for March.
Second place honors went to Ava Baggett, a sixth grader at Piggott Elementary School, while PHS seventh grader Madison Arenaz finished third.
Haywood represented Rector Schools along with sixth grader Hayden Rabah and fifth grader Austin Simmons. Along with Baggett and Arenaz, Piggott Schools was represented by seventh grader Shawn-Hudson Seegraves. The entrants from Corning included eighth grader Fisher Francis, seventh grader Landon Lucas and seventh grader Timothy Hufford, who was standing in as alternate for Sirene Bollinger.
In keeping with a longstanding local tradition, Piggott State Bank provided the winner's plaques, monetary prizes and refreshments. On hand to represent the bank was Shawn Parker from the PSB Rector location.
With the win, Haywood qualifies to take part in the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, set for Saturday, March 10, in Conway.