Bee ready

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

The Newton County School Sys­tem hosts its spelling bee within the week. See the list of champs and run­ners-up who will be at­tend­ing.

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G, B-E-E… Spelling Bee.

The Newton County School Sys­tem will host its 2014 Sys­tem Spelling Bee next week, and spelling bee cham­pi­ons in the county will soon com­pete, spelling words in front of an au­di­ence.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be held at 10 a.m. Fri­day, Feb. 7, at Newton High School, 1 Ram Way.

Each of the sys­tem’s ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools will send its school spelling bee cham­pion to par­tic­i­pate in the county com­pe­ti­tion. In ad­di­tion, each school will send its run­ner-up as an al­ter­nate, if the school cham­pion is un­able to par­tic­i­pate, a news re­lease from the school sys­tem said.

Stu­dents in grades 4-8 were el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the school com­pe­ti­tions.

Lee Peck, NCSS di­rec­tor of ele­men­tary schools, said spelling is one of the life­long skills that chil­dren be­gin to learn early in school and con­tinue through­out their life- times.

“Writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of ev­ery­day life. In or­der to be an ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient com­mu­ni­ca­tor, one must have ad­e­quate spelling knowl­edge,” Peck said.

“The Spelling Bee is a fun ac­tiv­ity in which chil­dren can par­tic­i­pate to demon­strate the spelling skills and knowl­edge they have learned.”

The judges and the Newton County Spelling Bee Com­mit­tee are in com­plete con­trol of the Bee at all times, and judges’ de­ci­sion will be fi­nal in all mat­ters, school sys­tem of­fi­cials noted.

Par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers are in­vited to at­tend the Bee; how­ever, the school sys­tem asks that par­ents re­frain from bring­ing in­fants and small chil­dren, who may dis­tract con­tes­tants.

In ad­di­tion, flash photography should only be used af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

The win­ner of the NCSS Spelling Bee will rep­re­sent the county at the Re­gional Spelling Bee at 10 a.m. Satur­day, March, 1 at Put­nam County Mid­dle School in Eatonton.

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