The competitors in the 2020 Carrollton City Schools system spelling bee are, from left, Darius Mekande, Xander Adams, Jival Patel, Marie Fujita-Block, Edward Kenyon, Gunner Hatch, Josh Chism (champion), Duncan St. John (runner up) and Claire Dalton. Not pictured is Mikaylah Davis. As they posed in front of the words "Read Every Day," the students all acknowledged they were voracious readers, which likely contributed to their spelling prowess.
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Chism declared champion with 'opportunity'
It took a grueling 16 rounds before the Carrollton City Schools 2020 Spelling Bee Champion was decided Tuesday afternoon – with eighth grader Joshua Chism crowned the winner when he seized the "opportunity" to be a part of the "archives" of the best spellers in Carrollton City Schools history.
Battling in the final rounds with runner-up Duncan St. John, left, a Carrollton Upper Elementary fifth grader, Josh, at right, ultimately secured the title when he correctly spelled first "archives" then "opportunity." SEE VIDEO
Duncan, however, was a formidable challenger and will be the alternate speller at region if Josh is unable to compete. Region will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, in Decatur. The local bee is sponsored by the Carrollton Association of Educators while the region and state bees are sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educators.
Before the intense final rounds, a total of 10 grade-level winners and runners up competed. The other spellers were Gunner Hatch and Xander Adams, fourth grade; Claire Dalton, fifth grade; Marie Fujita-Block and Mikaylah Davis, sixth grade; Darius Mekande and Jival Patel, seventh grade; and Edward Kenyon, eighth grade.