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RCPS 2021 Spelling Bee Champ flies high
Image with photo of 2021 RCPS Virtual Spelling Bee winner Aleyah Johnson and her mother and runner up Bobby Estes and his mother, says "RCPS 2021 Virtual Spelling Bee Champion Aleyah Johnson MMS, Runner Up Bobby Estes BES"CONGRATULATIONS to our 2021 RCPS Spelling Bee champion Aleyah Johnson, 6th grader at Memorial Middle, and runner-up Bobby Estes, 5th grader at Barksdale Elementary! After 10 rounds and multiple finalist rounds, Aleyah correctly spelled "Algiers" and the winning word "minivet" (a type of bird) to win the virtual 2021 RCPS Spelling Bee title. Aleyah, who competed in last year's district bee as a Peek's Chapel Elementary 5th grader, will advance to represent RCPS at the regional competition with Bobby as an alternate. Aleyah, Bobby, and the 13 other contestants each won their school-level bee in order to participate in the district bee, which was held virtually for the first time ever January 29, 2021. Contestants and their parents/adult advocates remained on camera during the live event and contestants' computers were monitored to make sure no other programs and screens were open during the competition. ROUND OF APPLAUSE for the hard work of our sharp spellers. Thank you to guest speaker Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts, volunteer judges Kenneth Linsley, Charlene Mcglockling, Shenita Russell, to Bee Pronouncer RCPS Teacher of the Year Jesse Smith, and organizers Dr. Sha'Ronda McRae, Audrey Champion, Tiffany Mclymore, Andrea Pritchett. THANK YOU to all our parents, teachers, advisors, technology staff, organizers for the dedication and hard work that made this possible! 

Spelling Bee Participants (listed by their assigned speller number):
1. Ethan Floyd (Conyers Middle)
2. Aleyah Johnson (Memorial Middle)
3. Tia Gould (Gen. Ray Davis Middle)
4. Suhib Unnabi (Sims Elementary)
5. Amari St. Romain (Flat Shoals Elementary)
6. Akachukwu Okwumabu (Peek's Chapel Elementary) 
7. Bobby Estes (Barksdale Elementary) 
8. Shasmeet Afseen (Pine Street Elementary) 
9. Grayson Cobb (Lorraine Elementary)
10. Chanel Rose (Shoal Creek Elementary)
11. Jhancarlo Romero (Hightower Trail Elementary)
12. Melchizedek Sylvestre (C.J. Hicks Elementary)
13. Juan Cruz (J.H. House Elementary) 
14. Kingston Yon (Honey Creek Elementary)
15. Parizehra Momin (Edwards Middle)


Pictured below: Winner of the RCPS 2021 Virtual Spelling Bee, held January 29, 2021, Aleyah Johnson (Memorial Middle School, 6th grade) and her mother, and runner-up Bobby Estes (Barksdale Elementary School, 5th grade) and his mother. 

Winner of the RCPS 2021 Virtual Spelling Bee, held January 29, 2021, Aleyah Johnson (Memorial Middle School, 6th grade) and her mother.


 RCPS 2021 Virtual Spelling Bee (held January 29, 2021) runner-up Bobby Estes (Barksdale Elementary School, 5th grade) and his mother.