ROCKINGHAM — For the second time in three years, Isabelle Honeycutt has been one of Richmond County Schools’ top 11 spellers.
In 2015 she represented L.J. Bell, while Wednesday, the seventh-grader brought the Spelling Bee championship plaque back to Rockingham Middle School.
After six rounds, she correctly spelled the Bee’s final word: Alamo.
Honeycutt said it was no problem, as she’d learned all about the Battle of the Alamo back in fourth grade.
Honeycutt won her school’s Spelling Bee this past December and immediately got to work practicing her words.
“I kept looking at the words,” she said. “If I didn’t know one, I just keep going over it.”
And, it’s that repetition that helped contribute to Honeycutt’s cool demeanor during today’s competition.
“The only word I had to think about was furlong,” she explained.
Honeycutt now advances to the regional spelling bee in February sponsored by The Charlotte Observer. Here she’ll compete against fellow district winners.
But, she isn’t nervous about the competition.
“I’m just going to keep studying and practice for it,” she said.
Other school winners who participated in the county bee were: Toni Beale of East Rockingham Elementary School, Makayla Webb of Ellerbe Middle School, Alexis Locklear of Fairview Heights Elementary School, Paula McNeil of Hamlet Middle School, Hayden Taylor of L.J. Bell Elementary School, Symone Terry of Mineral Springs Elementary School, Chloe Foster of Monroe Avenue Elementary School, Xiomara Campos of Rohanen Middle School, Emily Hatcher of Washington Street Elementary Schol and Ariana Telus of West Rockingham Elementary School.
Ashley-Michelle Thublin is public information officer for Richmond County Schools.