Mill Creek Middle School sixth-grader Sathvika Narasimhan correctly spelled “boodle” and “stethoscope” Thursday night to capture the Cherokee County Spelling Bee title for the second time.
Narasimhan won the county contest last year as a fifth-grader representing Little River Elementary, and took home the title of districtwide Cherokee County Spelling Bee champion for a second year this week.
Creekland Middle School seventh-grader Joshua Karcher won second place, and Woodstock Elementary School fourth-grader Isabella D’Cunha came in third.
Each elementary and middle school sends its school-level winner to the Cherokee County Spelling Bee. Students in fourth through eighth grade are eligible for the competition.
The group of spellers completed eight rounds of words before a champion was declared in the event, which was held at Cherokee High School. The first-, second- and third-place winners will compete at the District Spelling Bee on March 1 in Cobb County.
The students ran through more than 80 words during the competition, including tricky terms like scintillation, epizootic, bourgeois, accoutrement and dodecahedron.
The event is sponsored each year by Cherokee County Association of Educators and the Georgia Association of Educators.
Lillian Burnaman welcomed the audience and spellers; Ana Pettit served as caller of the words; Kathryn Smithyman, Peta Murray and School Board Chair Janet Read were judges for the event; spotters were Phyllis Ailes and School Board Member Patsy Jordan.
The 2014 elementary and middle school Spelling Bee School winners are: A.J. Drotlef, Arnold Mill; Cal Pace, Avery; Elisha Cloy, Ball Ground; Ryan Berwald, Bascomb; Joey Hilburg, Boston; Lance Creel-Charles, Canton; Shelby Rhoades, Carmel; Basia Coleman, Clark Creek; Campbell Cato, Clayton; Joshua Karcher, Creekland; Robbie Lammens, Dean Rusk; Caitlin Leamon, ET Booth; Carson Allen, Free Home; Braden Webb, Freedom; James Edwards, Hasty; Ginna Farina, Hickory Flat; Izabella Mingolla, Holly Springs; Kaetlyn Hight, Indian Knoll; Ruthie Prayitno, Johnston; Miles Hagadone, Knox; Dylan Quarcoo, Liberty; Faith Olomola, Little River; Julia Barfield, Macedonia; Sathvika Narasimhan, Mill Creek; Alphonso Bradham, Mountain Road; Dakota Romero-Walton, Oak Grove; Sean Brubaker, RM Moore; Adam Brams, Sixes; Chaolin Hancock, Teasley; Isabella D’Cunha, Woodstock; and Alex Hegman, Woodstock.