Guilford sends middle-schooler to regional spelling bee

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 06:01 PM

C-O-N-T-I-G-U-O-U-S was the word that sent Grey Howard to victory.
The Academy at Lincoln student won the Guilford County Schools Spelling Bee and will go on to represent the district at the Regional Spelling Bee at 1 p.m. on March 17 at the Milton Rhodes Art Center in Winston-Salem.
The 13-year-old said he’s excited about the win and is looking forward to the regional competition.
“It feels great,” Grey said. “I am going to study more word lists and languages to prepare for regionals — I’m hoping to win regionals.”
Christina Seu, 11, was the runner-up in the districtwide spelling bee and will act as an alternate if Grey is unable to attend.
“I am really proud. I can’t really compete against an eighth-grader because he is going to be smarter than me,” Christina said.
The Shadybrook Elementary School fifth-grader said she plans to compete in the 2013-2014 Spelling Bee.
“I am going to try again next year,” Christina said.
The district spelling bee included 33 students from Guilford County’s elementary and middle schools around the area. The program was hosted at the Penn-Griffin School for the Arts on Wednesday with Grant Gilmore of WFMY News 2 as the pronouncer.
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Local Participants

• Medoune Dieng - Johnson Street Global Studies
• Brenda Morales-Flores - Oak Hill Elementary
• Keyanna Mills - Parkview Elementary
• Christina Seu - Shadybrook Elementary
• Taj Saunders - Triangle Lake Montessori
• Iteka Shah - Union Hill Elementary
• Byron Smith - Jamestown Middle
• Nick Edwards - Penn-Griffin School for the Arts