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Countywide spelling bee set for Feb. 3

Champion spellers from schools across the county will compete for the titles of Harlan County Spelling Bee champions on Feb. 3 at Harlan County High School. The competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the school auditorium with primary winners and runners up from Harlan County schools competing for top honors.

Following the competition, school winners from Harlan County, Harlan Independent and Harlan County Christian will vie for the title and the right to advance to the state spelling bee in Louisville.

Prizes in each division will include $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place and trophies. All participants will receive medals to mark their success at the school level.

All competitors should arrive by 5:15 p.m.

School competitors advancing to the county spelling bee are:

Primary Division

Black Mountain – Liam Blanton, third grade, winner; and Aubree Brewer, second grade, runner up.

Cawood – Addison Daniels, third grade, winner; and Tate Hoskins, second grade, runner up.

Cumberland – Justin Johnson, third grade, winner; and Kharmen Dixon, third grade, runner up.

Evarts – Roman Guthrie, third grade, winner; and Daniel “Isaiah” Taylor, third grade, runner up.

Green Hills – Kaiden Turner, second grade, winner; and Raylan Lankford, first grade, runner up.

James A. Cawood – Gracie Middleton, third grade, winner; and Logan Mills, second grade, runner up.

Rosspoint – Trey Creech, second grade, winner; and Grayson short, third grade, runner up.

Wallins – Mason Jones, winner, third grade; and Jack Eld, third grade, runner up.

Middle Grades (4-8) Division

Black Mountain – John Thompson, fifth grade.

Cawood – Aiden Stewart, sixth grade.

Cumberland – Gabriel Clay, fifth grade.

Evarts – Santanna Risner, eighth grade.

Green Hills – Gibson Wilder, fifth grade.

Harlan County Christian – Hayley Collins, eighth grade.

Harlan Independent – Sayed Damaa, sixth grade.

James A. Cawood – Bryson Bryant, fifth grade.

Rosspoint – Jacob Shoemaker, eighth grade.

Wallins – Jimmy Shepherd, seventh grade.