The annual District Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday evening, January 8, 2020. The top three spellers from Byrd Elementary School, Goochland Elementary School, Randolph Elementary School, and Goochland Middle School compete in the District Bee each year. Congratulations to all twelve of this year’s finalists: Jeezy Cudjoe (GES), Jackson Dau (RES), Wyatt Fulton (GMS), Caleb Lumpkin (GMS), Ashley McDermott (GMS), Naol Mintesinot (GES), Steven Norris (RES), Addyson Richardson (BES), Gavin Roshka (BES), Gavin Watson (RES), Daniel Whittingham (BES), and Xavier Woodford (GES).
The 2020 contest was especially remarkable (one of this year’s words, by the way), as every single finalist was still standing entering the eighth round of the competition – having collectively spelled more than eighty words correctly.
After more than an hour of rigorous spelling, Ashley McDermott, seventh grader at Goochland Middle School, emerged as this year’s champion. Ashley will represent Goochland at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 21, at the Library of Virginia. Congratulations, Ashley!