Congratulations to Miko Colasito for winning first place in the Lowndes County School System Spelling Bee. Colasito is an eighth-grader at Hahira Middle School. He will participate in the District 9 Georgia Association of Educators District Spelling Bee on February 27 in Bainbridge, GA.
Logan Deal, an eighth-grader at Pine Grove Middle School is the second place/alternate winner. The third-place winner is Marlie Robinson, a seventh-grade student, also from Pine Grove Middle School.
The spelling bee consisted of two winners from each Lowndes County elementary and middle school, for a total of 20 competitors. The school-level winners are: Cruz Sales, 4th grade and Raymond Copeland, 5th grade, Clyattville Elementary; Riley Degner, 4th grade and Madelyn Moore, 5thgrade, Dewar Elementary; Mikayla West, 5th grade and Harrison Davis, 5th grade, Hahira Elementary; Jaiden Mays, 5th grade and Josty Lopez Perez, 5th grade, Lake Park Elementary; Luke Hempe, 4th grade and Braylin Whitley, 5th grade, Moulton Branch Elementary; Emilie Joens, 5th and Alex Moncada-Marin, 5th grade, Pine Grove Elementary; Aarav Dave, 5th grade and Libbie Akers, 5th grade, Westside Elementary; Miko Colasito, 8th grade and Janna Mohammed-Awel, 6th grade, Hahira Middle; Gracie Knight, 8th grade and Joey Snyder, 7th grade, Lowndes Middle; Logan Deal, 8th grade and Marlie Robinson, 7th grade, Pine Grove Middle.
The spelling bee judges were Laura Frizzell (Coastal Plains RESA), Dr. Kelly Page (Lanier County Schools), and Al Rowell (Retired – Lowndes County Schools). The pronounced, Pam Guice, who provided the words to contestants, is an English teacher at Lowndes High School. The spelling bee is sponsored by Lowndes County Schools, the Georgia Association of Educators, and the Lowndes Association of Educators.