Harper White aced "apricot!" District Spelling Bee Winner!

Harper White aced "apricot!" District Spelling Bee Winner!
Posted on 01/10/2019
Harper White

It’s no longer “calm as a cucumber,” but now we think of Oakwood’s Harper White as the one who “aced that apricot!”

Spelling “apricot” and “cafeteria” as her final two words, White won the 2019 Hickory Public Schools Spelling Bee, hosted by Grandview Middle School. She beat out school winners from four elementary schools and two middle schools, taking the win with a moment of surprise in her face. After all, this fifth grader beat her older sister, Mebane White, a Grandview Middle school student, who won the district’s Spelling Bee for 2018.

With not a moment to spare, Harper White will prepare for the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee held in February. The regional winner will qualify for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee scheduled for a spring competition in Washington, D.C. The Scripps National Spelling Bee began in 1925.

Individual school winners competing in this year’s HPS Spelling Bee included: Jenkins Elementary --Hayden Everley, Emily Gambill, Emily Grillo; Longview Elementary -- Henry Coffey, Kryshtyn Smith, Jacob Stroud; Oakwood Elementary -- Ella Stephens (who earned second place in the competition), Benjamin Vang, Harper White; Viewmont Elementary-- Jose Alonzo-Garcia Rodrigo, Ortiz-Chavez, Kennedy Taylor; Grandview Middle --Seamus Auton, Mebane White, Dallas Young; Northview Middle -- Brena Bolick, Madeleine Johnson, Kayla Ruff.

The pronouncer for the HPS Spelling Bee was Alice Rullman, retired literacy specialist, Catawba County Schools; and the judges included Elizabeth Schreiber, sixth grade teacher, Grandview Middle School, Dawn McDaniel, AIG specialist, Oakwood and Viewmont Elementary Schools; and Beth Shoffner, retired media specialist, Hickory Public Schools.

The Hickory High JROTC presented the colors at the opening of the event, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. HPS Assistant Superintendent, Dr. La’Ronda Whiteside, provided introductions and the special closing, with each participant receiving a certificate and achievement pin.

Congratulations to all participants!  Special congratulations to second place winner, Ella Stephens, from Oakwood Elementary.

And finally, congratulations and best of luck to the winner of this year’s 2019 HPS Spelling Bee, Harper White! We wish you the best at the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee in February!

 **More photos on the Hickory Public Schools Facebook page. (Post/photos by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)


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