2018-03-10 / Education

Helena Elementary speller advances to regional bee

BY ANNA FLETCHER
COURIER-TIMES STAFF WRITER


The two competitors in Person County Schools’ district spelling bee: Tabatha Ashworth, an eighth-grader at Southern Middle School, and Jackson Riggan, a fifth-grader at Helena Elementary School. 
SUBMITTED The two competitors in Person County Schools’ district spelling bee: Tabatha Ashworth, an eighth-grader at Southern Middle School, and Jackson Riggan, a fifth-grader at Helena Elementary School. SUBMITTED Jackson Riggan, a fifth-grader at Helena Elementary School, will represent Person County Schools at a regional-level spelling bee held in Winston-Salem on Sunday, March 18, having beaten out the competition at both a district bee on Feb. 13 and his school’s bee before that.

His district-level competitor – eighth-grader Tabatha Ashworth – won the bee at Southern Middle School before facing off against Riggan to spell words, such as “truculently,” “ricochet” and “fluorescent,” according to Helena Elementary teacher Katie Minor.

Riggan took the win after correctly spelling “mandible.”

“I was shocked,” he said of his district bee win. “It’s nerve-wracking when I have to spell a hard word; but when I look at my parents and teachers, I feel confident. I feel good about my chances [at the regional bee.]”

District runner-up Ashworth is proud of her accomplishments and wishes Riggan luck at regionals.

“Winning the school-wide spelling bee was something that made me proud of myself and is something that I will never forget,” she said. “It made me feel happy that I could represent the school at the district competition. I know that I did not win the district spelling bee, but I wish [Riggan] the best, and I believe that he can go as far as he dreams.”

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