Can you spell onomatopoeia? Do you need spell check for everything?
Students from across Gila County will converge on the Payson High School Auditorium on Feb. 8 to participate in the Gila County Spelling Bee.
The competition will start at 1 p.m. on Friday.
The winners will move on to the state Spelling Bee competition held Saturday, March 23 in Phoenix.
The Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Spelling Bee, held Jan. 9 had drama, cheers and suspense.
Twenty students from Julia Randall Elementary and 20 from Rim Country Middle School participated in the PUSD Spelling Bee.
The rounds went smoothly as Payson Schools Superintendent Ron Hitchcock pronounced each word clearly.
As it got down to the ninth round, with two spellers left vying for the championship, the intensity of the competition increased.
Colton Justice, a fourth-grader, had the word “appetite” and unfortunately spelled it incorrectly. His competition, eighth-grader Colin Nossek, had the word “clearance” and spelled it correctly.
The suspense was on as Nossek had to move to one more round and drew the word “murmur” — with the spelling bee on the line.
He nailed it.
Nossek, Justice, Rosebella Grumbo, Shane Rherras, Rebecca Carr, Keli Kimbrell, and one alternate, Taylor Brade, will compete in the county bee.
Thanks to the Payson Optimist Club and the Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country, each speller in the bee received a bee pen, a ribbon, and the top seven each received a $15 gift card to Walmart.
At the Payson Community Christian School, Gabriel Driscoll-Lowe, a seventh-grader, Breana Miller, a fifth-grader, and Lacey Smith, a third-grader, won first, second and alternate, respectively, at the 2013 Scripp’s Spelling Bee. The three will attend the Gila County Spelling Bee.