Noble Academy Hosts District Spelling Bee

Fourth through eighth grade students joined together to celebrate a common strength: SPELLING! Seventeen schools met at Noble Academy on the morning of February 21st for the Central Piedmont Nonpublic Schools Spelling Bee. Sutton Young, a 6th grader, and George Kirkpatrick, an 8th grader, represented Noble Academy during this event. We were thrilled to have Neill McNeill from Fox 8 WGHP join us as the pronouncer. His experience in front of the camera as a news anchor made for a perfect fit for clearly enunciating some of the unusual words that arise during spelling bees. Students encountered words such as: jeremiad, lexicology, venerable, and diaphanous.

A nervous energy buzzed throughout the room as students took their places on the stage. Supportive parents and educators teetered on the edge of their seats in the Noble Academy auditorium as the 28 participants spelled letter by letter completing word after word. The competition went 32 rounds and lasted over 1.5 hours. During the last 30 minutes, two students from Roxboro challenged each other until the end. The winner of the bee was 5th grader, Daniel Mayo. He will advance to the regional bee in Winston Salem on March 17th.

Click here to watch the video of the final rounds, including the championship word.