Sixth grader takes first place in middle school spelling bee 

This year’s middle school spelling bee saw 29 eager students face off for the first place title, competing for 18 rounds until the word “precariously” stumped all but one. 


Middle School English Teacher and coordinator of this year’s bee Chrisy Cooper said the event was great. 


“It was a huge success,” she said. “Students were really enthusiastic and supportive of each other.”


Third place was awarded to Carmen Gaskin ’25 with second place going to Ava Johnson ’25. Our first-place winner was sixth grader David Sawyer ’26.


David will go on to compete in The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee on WHRO on Saturday, Feb. 15.  The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.