The fourth-grader said she studied her spelling list only a few times, but that didn’t prevent her from surpassing 10 other fourth- through eighth-grade students in less than an hour.
“She’s just a natural speller,” said Judy Meyers, a teacher at Armuchee Middle. “She stayed very cool.”
Before receiving her final word, Monteith successfully spelled “havoc,” a word missed by runner-up Daniel Lee, a sixth-grader at Coosa Middle.
Both students will advance to the District One spelling bee where they will face the top spellers from other Northwest Georgia school systems, including Rome City Schools’ spelling champ Terance King.
Other competitors in District One are Bartow County, Cartersville, Chattooga County, Fannin County, Georgia School for the Deaf, Gilmer County, Gordon County, Calhoun, Murray County and Trion.
The district competition will be March 1 at 10 a.m. at the Floyd County Schools’ central office.
Monteith and Lee both received a copy of Webster’s Dictionary and a workbook used in the competition.
Other participants in the Floyd spelling bee were Lizbeth Castaneda, Alto Park Elementary; Alyshia Burris, Armuchee Middle; Cody Powell, Cave Spring Elementary; Ciara Smith, Garden Lakes Elementary; Nicolas Marlow, Johnson Elementary; Jake Lowry, Model Elementary; John Marshall Rice, Model Middle; Haley Pendleton, Pepperell Elementary; and Andrew Pressley, Pepperell Middle