More than two dozen of the county’s best spellers went head-to-head in Brule Auditorium last Thursday night at the first ever Grimes County Spelling Bee. And after an hour of competition, two of the County Judge’s offspring came out on top.
Third place was won by James Leman of Iola Elementary; 2nd place went to Christopher Pineda of Brule Elementary.
Then the night’s M.C., local attorney Marvin Longabaugh, announced that first place went to Leman’s younger brother Ben Leman Jr.
And though the junior leman won the night, it’ll be his older brother who goes to zone competitions. And that’s because the bee wasn’t part of the national circuit, but a project conceived by Longabaugh, and managed by students from the Bizzell Academy.
Academy freshman Chairity Fulture says the bee was a success for her as well as for the students on the stage and now that the project is over, she grins, she’ll have a better grasp on what to do next time.
And Bizzell principle Kristie Jones says that was the point, some of her students put on a county spanning competition and with this experience it will build their confidence and help them continue to develop skills necessary in the real world.
We at Navasota News congratulate all the competitors and those who worked so hard in putting the inaugural Grimes County Spelling Bee together, and eagerly await the next one.