Columbia County's best spellers will face off Tuesday in the county's annual spelling bee.
The bee, which will be held at 4 p.m. at Grovetown Middle School, will feature the best spellers from each Columbia County elementary and middle school.
"The schools determine their winners," said the county's middle school director of student learning, Mike Lindsey, whose office is overseeing the bee. "The winner competes on a regional level, and then, possibly, the state and national."
The bee is open to pupils who will not reach their 16th birthday by the date of the national finals and who have not passed beyond the eighth grade at the time of their school finals.
Sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle, sister newspaper of The Columbia County News-Times, Tuesday's winner will next compete at a local qualifying bee March 5 at the Morris Auditorium in downtown Augusta, Lindsey said.
"All 18 counties in the area are available to participate," he said.
The national spelling bee will be May 31 through June 2 in Washington, D.C.
Columbia County Spelling Bee Competitors
Tuesday, 4 p.m., Grovetown Middle School
Bel Air Elementary: Kailey Fuller
Alternate: Kelsey Highfield
Blue Ridge Elementary: Shruti Gupta
Alternate: Tamara Riggs
Brookwood Elementary: Kendyl Pennington
Alternate: Sara Stover
Euchee Creek Elementary: Megan Murphy
Alternate: Jonathon Pope
Evans Elementary: Jimmy North
Alternate: Katy Vaughan
Greenbrier Elementary: Cameron Gallahue
Alternate: Caitlin Greene
Grovetown Elementary: Ciara Ladson
Alternate: Amanda Doyle
Lewiston Elementary: Cody McAllister
Alternate: Rhys Cowling
Martinez Elementary: Julie Gabryelski
Alternate: Devon Williams
North Columbia Elementary: Brooke Culpepper
Alternate: Katie Davidson
North Harlem Elementary: Kassie Tenaro
Alternate: Caleb Johnson
Riverside Elementary: Emma Shipman
Alternate: Zachary Vitha
South Columbia Elementary: Ryan Rose
Alternate: Samuel "Sam" Bowman
Stevens Creek Elementary: Thomas Newton
Alternate: Sarah Clark
Westmont Elementary: Taylor Horton
Alternate: Alec Masella
Columbia Middle: Lacey Brock
Alternate: David Zabriskie
Evans Middle: Davey Marana
Alternate: Jeremy Williams
Greenbrier Middle: Kathryn Bonner
Alternate: Jacob Alexander Shafer
Grovetown Middle: Courtney Clark
Alternate: Claire Bearb
Harlem Middle: Katie Driggers
Alternate: Daniel Clement
Lakeside Middle: Vipul Shekhawat
Alternate: Bryan Hayes
Riverside Middle: Savannah Crews
Alternate: Roger Zhong
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