HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Bonaire Elementary School fifth-grader Rebecca Kenny won the Houston County Board of Education 2014 Spelling Bee today. She was the top speller out of 28 contestants, winning with the correct spelling of the final word “alcohol.”
Mossy Creek Middle School seventh-grader Keerti Soundappan won second place. The word missed prior to Rebecca being declared the winner was “pitchblende.” Nicole Tayag, an eighth- grader at Bonaire Middle School, won third place.
Rebecca and Keerti (pictured from left) will both compete at the District 6 Spelling Bee at Fort Valley State University on Mar. 1, 2014. If for some reason Rebecca or Keerti is unable to compete in the District Bee competition, Nicole will represent her school system. The District Bee winner and runner-up will advance to the GAE State Spelling Bee, which will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta on Mar. 21, 2014, beginning at 11:00 a.m.