GES student wins 2019 County Spelling Bee

Winners of the annual Pickens County Spelling Bee were presented their prizes at the end of the bee on Feb. 7. Pictured from left: Eli Dawkins of Gordo Elementary School, winner; Tammy Hall, representing the Las Amigas Club of Gordo; and Arterrica Brewer of Aliceville Middle School, runner-up.

BY DOUG SANDERS JR., Correspondent

Eli Dawkins, a fifth grader from Gordo Elementary School, correctly spelled the words “hundredth” and “mathematics” last Thursday morning to win the 2019 Pickens County Spelling Bee.

Six students from Pickens County gathered at the Central Office of the Pickens County Board of Education on Feb. 7 for the event.

Dawkins will now go on to the state level to represent Pickens County in Alabaster on March 9. Runner-up of the bee was Arterrica Brewer, an eighth grader from  Aliceville Middle School. She was the winner of the spelling bee last year.

Tammy Hall, representing the Gordo Las Amigas Club, long-time sponsor of the bee, presented checks of $75 and $50, donated by West Alabama Bank and FNB of Central Alabama, to the top two spellers.

Other contestants were Zyreuna Cousette of Aliceville Elementary School; Anna Belle Beck of Gordo High School; Jamarian Cohen of Pickens County High School and Xavier Neal of Reform Elementary School.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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