LMS student wins LCS spelling bee

Middle school student wins Lexington City Schools spelling bee

Like two prize-fighters going toe-to-toe, Bopha Theang and Shaza Hassan, both of Lexington Middle School, went 30 rounds during the Lexington City Schools Spelling Bee on Friday morning.

In the end, Bopha, an eighth-grader, came out the winner after spelling “galleria” correctly. Shaza, a seventh-grader came in second place and Levi Lindengren, a fifth-grader from Charles England Elementary School, came in third.

“It was very nerve wracking,” Bopha said. “I am really proud of everyone else who came out; they really tried hard, especially Shaza. She did very well and it was really close. I am looking forward to going to the regionals.”

Bopha is the daughter of Kanhiareka and Thal Theang. She will represent Lexington City Schools at the regional spelling be March 24 in Winston-Salem.

Top winners received a Visa gift card. Bopha received $100, Shaza received $50 and Levi received $25. All participants received a medal and certificate of participation.

Sean Gaillard, principal of Lexington Middle School, said he was proud of all of his students who participated in the schoolwide spelling bee, especially Bopha. He said all the students should be proud of their accomplishments.

“I am amazingly proud. It is a true masterpiece,” Gaillard said. “I am so proud of their intelligence, their commitment, their dedication. I am blown away; I am like a proud dad. This just adds to all the wonderful things that are happening at our school.”

Emy Garrett, assistant superintendent for Lexington City Schools, said that she is proud of the students for being the top spellers in their classes and that they are great representatives for the school system.

“We are thrilled for you guys to be here, you represent the best of Lexington City Schools,” Garrett said.

Other competitors in the Lexington City Schools Spelling Bee were Leilani Allred, fifth-grader from Southwest Elementary School; Ao’nycka Dutrieuille, fourth-grader from Pickett Elementary School; Katie Leahy, fourth-grader from Charles England Elementary School; Guadalupe Mondragon, fourth-grader from Southwest Elementary School; and Jayden Moore, sixth-grader at Lexington Middle School.

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spelling bee 2nd place

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