Students in the county spelling bee were stung by words like "nozzle," "bias," and "terrific;" but NaTasha Seals came out on top when she correctly spelled "turban" then "nylon."
"When I first got up there, my mind was blank, and I couldn't spell, but really I knew I could win," said NaTasha, an eighth grader at Thomson Middle.
Local Spelling Bee champ NaTasha Seals spells a word as runner up William Smith looks on.
The four top spellers from Dearing and Norris Elementary Schools, and six from Thomson Middle competed in the auditorium at TMS Friday morning.
Students who competed were Veronica Baldwin, Peter Pin, Richard Radford and William Smith from Dearing Elementary School; Elizabeth Johnson, Chelsea Kinlow, Kentavious Lazenby and Jalah Morris from Norris Elementary School; and Michael Barnes, Tiera Brinkley, Tia Booker, Taylor Clark, Nick Rau and NaTasha Seals from Thomson Middle School.
"I am always so proud of all the kids. It's difficult to have fourth graders competing against eighth graders, and they all do so well," said Pam Rhea, assistant principal of the middle school.
NaTasha also competed in the county spelling bee when she was in fifth and sixth grade.
She will represent McDuffie County in the regional spelling bee at The Augusta Chronicle's Morris Auditorium from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, Saturday, March 11.