GUNTOWN STUDENT WINS MID-SOUTH SPELLING BEE
MEMPHIS - Guntown School eighth-grader Nora Brown won the Mid-South Spelling Bee Saturday in Memphis, edging out about 50 students from four states.
The 13-year-old daughter of Ken and Kathy Brown took the title that qualifies her for the national spelling bee held in Washington, D.C., this spring by spelling the word "hypothesis."
The word "stereotomist" tripped up the second-place finisher before Brown spelled it correctly. Brown spelled 22 words to win the event, which draws top spellers representing districts in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky.
Guntown Principal Harvey Brooks said he thought he had a winner on his hands well before Saturday's competition.
"I knew she'd been working very hard and I was optimistic she would win," said Brooks, who attended the event. "She's a wonderful young lady, but in that situation, when nerves are at work, you never know what will happen."
Brown qualified for the Mid-South competition by out-spelling 39 other sixth-, seventh- and eight-grade students at the Lee County spelling bee last month. She then competed in a second spelling bee with the top three finishers in Tupelo and Baldywn, finishing first there and earning the right to represent Lee County.