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London win's district spelling bee

POSTED: February 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
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G.W. Carver Elementary School 5th-grader and Bryan County school’s system wide spelling bee champion Chris London, center, stands with BCES 5th-grader Nicholas Fordham and RHMS 7th-grader Callista Villagomez after Wednesday’s competition.

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It took five rounds to declare a winner of the Bryan County School system-wide spelling bee Wednesday when three students participated at George Washington Carver Elementary School.
Taking home the winner's title was G.W. Carver Elementary School 5th-grader Chris London. He was deemed the winner of the spelling bee after correctly spelling "saxophone."
Callista Villagomez, a 7th-grader at Richmond Hill Middle School, was runner up. Nicholas Fordham, a 5th-grader at Bryan County Elementary School finished third. All received a certificate of participation.
During the five rounds, students were asked to spell words like "magnolia," "mermaid," "ninja," "fickle" and others.
After the winning the competition, London said he felt great.
"I'm just happy to have a major achievement in my life," he said.
The only "bad thing" about the spelling bee, London said, was that his dad was not able to be there for his win. But there to support him was his mother, Angela London, who said she felt pretty good about her son's win and said she was very proud.

Read full story in Saturday's Bryan County News.

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