Education:  Aiden West of Rome Middle takes city spelling bee championship.

Education: Aiden West of Rome Middle takes city spelling bee championship.

Aiden West of Rome Middle School, right, won the city spelling bee. He’s joined by Superintendent Lou Byars. RCS photo.

Congratulations to Aiden West of Rome Middle School, who spelled “ricochet” to take home the title of Rome City School’s spelling champion. Aiden will move on to the second level of the competition on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at Georgia Highlands College. Emma Mendes, also from RMS, was the runner-up and will compete in place of West if he is unable to attend the next level of competition.

Other participants included Jayona Harper and Demetriana Jones from Anna K. Davie Elementary; Brenden Strickland and Audrey Claire Loveman from East Central Elementary; Charles Scott and Ca’Lia Scott from Elm Street Elementary; Nehemiah Sparks and Damia Greene from North Heights Elementary; Rachel Perez and Jenifer Valenzuela from West Central Elementary; and Joseph Lee and Campbell Thomas from West End Elementary.

Rome City School’s best spellers faced off in front of family members. Winners from each elementary school, and students from Rome Middle’s 7th and 8th grade classes gave their best attempt to spell words called by Mrs. Carol Payne, a Challenge teacher for the city school system.  Current and retired RCS educators also assisted with the Spelling Bee. Mrs. Cassie Parson served as moderator. Mr. Tod Wheeler, Mrs. Esther Vaughn and Ms. Stephanie Graves were the judges. Sponsors were National Copier Exchange and Coosa Valley Credit Union.

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