Some of the best spellers in McDuffie County's schools are getting ready to face off.
The county-wide spelling bee will be held Friday in the auditorium at Thomson Middle School.
In recent weeks, each school has held their own spelling bee. Winners include:
Thomson Middle School: Sixth grade: Tierra Brinkley, first place, and Tia Booker, runner-up. Seventh grade: Nick Rau, first place, and Taylor Clark, runner-up. Eighth grade: Nastasha Seals, first place, and Michael Barnes, runner-up.
Dearing Elementary: Fourth grade: Veronica Baldwin, first place, and William Smith, second place. Fifth grade: Richard Radford, first place, and Peter Pin, second place.
At Norris Elementary: Kentavious Lazenby correctly spelled "exhaust" on Jan. 25 to beat 20 other contestants and move on to the Feb. 3 county spelling bee. Other grade winners included: Jalah Morris, Trevor Fisher, and Chelsea Kinlow. These students were awarded ribbons and gift certificates to Books-A-Million.
Contestants were selected as winners from each homeroom class. Students who made it to the school level follow: Elena Bohler, Dontavious Calhoun, Thomas Chewing, Marques Cofer, Jaylon Cook, Tycarius Cummings, Morsaie Curry, Shanquanisha Duckworth, Haley Epps, Trevor Fisher, Brandy Jenkeins, Elizabeth Johnson, Chelsea Kinlow, Kentavious Lazenby, Faith Morris, Katrina Osbourne, Samantha Sims, Jasmine Shorty, Samantha Sims, and Tyler Tam.
"All of the contestants did an outstanding job spelling some very tricky words," said Spelling Bee Pronouncer Lynn Entrekin.