TFS top spellers sting competition

Shown, from left, are alternate speller Madeline Martin of Cornelia, champion spellers eighth-grader Ava Hamon of Mt. Air, classmate Jace Ibemere of Decatur and teacher Hannah Gibson. Not shown is alternate seventh-grader Bryson Perdue of Clayton. (E. Lane Gresham/Tallulah Falls School)

More than 25 middle school students brought their A-game to the Tallulah Falls School competition for the annual Georgia Independent School Association spelling bee.

The two champion spellers are eighth-grader Ava Hamon of Mt. Airy and classmate Jace Ibemere of Decatur. Alternates are eighth-grader Madeline Martin of Cornelia and seventh-grader Bryson Perdue of Clayton.

Participants in grades five through eight earned a certificate, performing exceptionally well in the grade-level spelling bee before the school-level competition, according to teacher Hannah Gibson.

“The top wordsmiths spelled at least 20 of the 25 words correctly, words like ‘substantial’ and ‘clamorous,’” Gibson said. “The second champion title and the alternate positions had to be determined based on the tie-breaker words, words like ‘chalet’ and ‘irreversible.’”

GISA Area Spelling Bee Round No. 1 is set for Feb. 4. If the champions score in the top 20%, they will advance to Rounds 2 and 3 later that month.

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