Huck Wallace is Cherokee County School District’s top speller.
Wallace, a Creekland Middle School eighth-grader, correctly spelled “reggae” and then “resplendence” to claim the title as the county’s top speller for the second year in a row at the 2022 CCSD Spelling Bee Wednesday night at Cherokee High School.
Miller Inthirathvongsy, fourth grade, of Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, captured second, and Isabella Melo-Moreira, fifth grade, of Arnold Mill Elementary School placed third.
Thirty Cherokee County students put their spelling skills to the test in the annual competition, which went nine rounds over 90 minutes before a winner was decided. Spellers tackled terms like “smellfungus,” “dyspeptic” and “abracadabra.”
All three students will advance to the regional Georgia Association of Educators bee, which will be held virtually Feb. 26. State winners (March 18 competition) advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. in June.
The county spelling bee is sponsored each year by Cherokee County Association of Educators and the Georgia Association of Educators. Bekki Couch is the GAE Spelling Bee coordinator; John Carter of Teasley Middle School served as caller of the words. Judges included Tiffany Robbins, Bekki Couch and Jennifer Campbell.
School-level winners were: Isabella Melo-Moreira of Arnold Mill Elementary School; Blaire Waddington of Avery Elementary School; Charlotte Murry of Ball Ground STEM Academy; Annalise Boyadzhyan of Bascomb Elementary School; Quenton Winkler of Boston Elementary School; Nathan Miller of Carmel Elementary School; Miller Inthirathvongsy of Clark Creek STEM Academy; Nora Leigh Stansell of of Clayton Elementary School; Huck Wallace of Creekland Middle School; Yasmeen Gheith of Dean Rusk Middle School; Aiden “AJ” Gonzalez of Digital Elementary School; Pradyumna Vasishta of E.T. Booth Middle School; Elizabeth Gormly of Free Home Elementary School; Reece Aranzado of Freedom Middle School; Caleb Birtwhistle of Hasty Fine Arts Academy; Grayson Swenson of Hickory Flat Elementary School; Gracelyn Chettiar of Holly Springs STEM Academy; Mason Denney-Godfrey of Indian Knoll Elementary School; Micah Kampman of Johnston Elementary School; Vance Walden of Knox STEM Academy; Matteo Poole of Liberty Elementary School; Alex Ward of Little River Elementary School; Molly Thompson of Macedonia Elementary; Evelyn Higginbotham of Mountain Road Elementary School; Tara Fowler of Oak Grove STEAM Academy; Ansley Roper R.M. Moore STEM Academy; Emma Keith of Sixes Elementary School; Cole Mizelle of Teasley Middle School; Youssef Ghaly Guirguis of Woodstock Elementary School; and Parker Bunn of Woodstock Middle School.