District Spelling Bee 2020 Winners

Congratulations to the top three place winners in the 2020 Hall County School District Spelling Bee: pictured left to right are: Second Place Winner, 5th grader Paul Adams from Spout Springs Elementary; First Place Winner, 7th Grader Jane Cantrell from The Academies of Discovery at South Hall; and Third Place Winner, Claire Bussler, 8th grader from North Hall Middle School.

On Friday, January 31, the Hall County School District conducted its annual District Spelling Bee at the Oaks located at Lanier College and Career Academy. Students representing the district’s twenty elementary schools and eight middle schools were in attendance.

Finishing in third place for the district was Claire Bussler, an 8th grade student from North Hall Middle School. The second place spot went to 5th grader Paul Adams, who attends Spout Springs Elementary School.

And this year’s champion is Jane Cantrell, a 7th grade student from the Academies of Discovery at South Hall. Jane won with the word “hurriedly” after 15 rounds of competition.

The top two place winners in the district advance to Region II competition, and the winner of third place will attend as an alternate. Our place winners will match their skills against students from Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Lumpkin, Towns, Rabun, and White Counties, as well as the Gainesville City and Marietta City school districts. Cobb County Schools will host the Region II competition this year on February 22 at a site yet to be determined.

Congratulations to Ms. Cantrell, Mr. Adams, Ms. Bussler, and all of our spelling bee participants for their hard work, determination, and sportsmanship.

Top three placers in photograph: From left to right-2nd place winner, Paul Adams, 5th grade student, Spout Springs Elementary School; 1st place winner-Jane Cantrell, 7th grade student, Academies of Discovery at South Hall; 3rd place winner-Claire Bussler, 8th grade student, North Hall Middle School.