For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 5, 2020
Congratulations to Winner and Runner-Up of 61st Annual Volusia County District Spelling Bee
Winner and runner-up of the 61st Annual Volusia County District Spelling. Winner Kate Thompson, pictured left, and runner-up Beatrice Meckley, pictured right.
DELAND — The School District of Volusia County’s spelling bee took place on Tuesday, February 4, at Atlantic High School. After 28 rounds, Kate Thompson, an eighth grader at Creekside Middle School, won after correctly spelling the word: mancala. Congratulations to Kate and runner-up Beatrice “Trixie” Meckley, an eighth grader at Southwestern Middle School, who will represent Volusia in the Orlando Sentinel Regional Bee on March 18.
Thirty-nine elementary and middle schools in Volusia, including several private and charter schools, registered as participating Scripps National Bee schools and held school-level spelling bees in January.
The winner and runner up from the Orlando Bee will be invited to participate in Scripps National Bee week which runs from May 24-29 in Maryland where one speller from more than 11 million initial school bee participants will become the national champion.
Frank FitzGerald, Community Information Specialist
Community Information Services
Volusia County Schools
386-734-7190, ext 20234