Hoskins Is Queen Bee Among County's Spellers
TONY STINNETT, Courier Co-Editor
Katie Hoskins was hoping for a rematch with her older brother, Jake, in the finals of the 2011 Cannon County Spelling Bee, held at East Side Elementary School Thursday (Feb. 3).
“Winning the (County Spelling Bee) is pretty good because most people don’t get this far,” Hoskins said. “I was a little nervous but not too much because I felt good about the words. I had really studied and tried to learn as many words as possible.”
“I’m proud of all the students,” said East Side language arts teacher Gay Burger. “All of the students studied hard to reach this point and they all should be proud of their accomplishments. It is difficult to make it as far as some of them did. The words are very difficult.”
“I was hoping to get to the final against (Jake),” Katie said. “I thought it was going to happen that way again but it just didn’t work out. He will get no sympathy from me because I don’t remember getting any last year.”
“I felt comfortable with the words,” Strang said. “I studied several times a night and memorized words as best I could. That’s pretty much all you can do to get ready. Mrs. Gay does a great job working with us and making sure we study and learn the words to prepare. It’s pretty exciting to get to move on to the next round.”Students from Cannon County’s six elementary schools who finished in the top five of their respective school’s Spelling Bee were eligible to participate in the County-wide Spelling Bee. Of the 30 eligible students, 24 participated.