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Brothers win Gaston County Schools Spelling Bee
Brothers emerge as Gaston County Schools Spelling Bee champions
Two shiny new bobblehead trophies got to go home with the same family after the Gaston County Schools Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 9.
Thirty-eight of Gaston County’s best spellers competed in the bee at Stuart W. Cramer High School. There were 26 elementary school level winners and 12 middle school level winners vying for the titles of elementary school champion and middle school champion. And of those 38 students? The champions are brothers.
Belmont Central fourth grader Rex Dover won the elementary competition, and James Dover, who is a sixth grader at Belmont Middle, took home the trophy for winning the middle school level. With the elementary and middle school rounds being held concurrently, it was obvious throughout the competition that each brother was rooting for the other to win their age category.
Runners-up in the competition were Lila St. Romain from New Hope Elementary, and Ava Sizemore from the Gaston County Virtual Academy. The third-place finishers were Leah Brooks of Robinson Elementary and Regis Lu of Cramerton Middle School.
To be crowned champions, students had to spell their way through an impressive 14 rounds in the elementary school portion and a stunning 32 rounds for the middle school portion. Each student wowed the audience with their ability to confidently spell tough words. And when they didn’t know the spelling for sure, they still gave it their best guess.
The younger Dover won the elementary championship with the words “garbanzo” and “couriers.” The older Dover won the middle school championship with the words “execrations” and “Leipzig.” The students had to spell two words correctly in the final round to win.
The competition began with the introduction of each school level winner “walking the red carpet” and receiving a certificate/plaque from Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker and “GC the Book Bug.” “GC” is the Gaston County Schools’ reading mascot from the 1990s who “came out of retirement” for the school district’s “Big 50 Anniversary” celebration this year.
Additionally, each school level winner received gift cards from Adventure Landing, Chick-fil-A, and Sweet Frog. The winners and runners-up received a specially-designed trophy with a bobblehead bee on it and tickets to Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall.
This year, Gaston County Schools held a spelling bee separate from The Gaston Gazette Spelling Bee to ensure that the district had a spelling bee champion during its 50th anniversary year. The school-level champions will have the option to participate in The Gaston Gazette Spelling Bee in March, which features students from public, private, charter, and home schools in Gaston County. The winner of The Gazette’s spelling bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The Gaston County Schools Spelling Bee was recorded, and it will air on Spectrum Cable Channel 21 the week of January 21-27 at 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each day.