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The annual GBMS Spelling Bee was held Tuesday, December 5. Each grade competed for first place for a chance of eligibility in the 42nd annual Sandy Sansing Spelling Bee set for January 23 in Pensacola. The winners were Jimmy Winchester, 6th grade, who spelled partridge to win; Tripp Clarke, 7th grade, with avalanche, and Olivia Ammon, 8th grade, with sanctum sanctorum. The runners-up were Samantha Sherman, 6th grade, Grayson Bernicken, 7th grade, and Tyler Doughty, 8th grade. The winner of the Sandy Sansing Spelling Bee in January will be able to compete in regionals in Tallahassee, and that winner will go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  

Jimmy Winchester, 6th grade

To prepare for the competition, 6th grade winner Jimmy Winchester, found lists online and had his parents call out the words to him. He knew the competition would be hard, and he had an idea of who his toughest competitor was. Jimmy and his ultimate runner-up, Samantha Sherman, “Battled it out until one of them won.” His hardest word, he says, was equestrian, “I just kind of guessed and got it.” Jimmy is optimistic he can make it to Tallahassee! 

 

 

Tripp Clarke, 7th grade

Tripp Clarke used his reading skills to study. He stated that as he read more, he learned new words and the way they’re spelled. When asked if he had a shot to win, he answered a definite yes, but it was still a bit tricky for him. “A lot of the harder words, I didn’t know what they meant.” He’s certain he’ll make it past Sandy Sansing and to Tallahassee.

 

Olivia Ammon, 8th grade

 

Winner Olivia Ammon studied 400 words before the bee.  She thought she “had a shot, but didn’t think I was actually going to get it.” Olivia didn’t have trouble with any one word. She felt the words she got were mediocre.

Each student prepared well, and it showed. Good luck as you move on, Dolphins! 

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