MOULTRIE — It may have taken a year to do it, but 2006 brought the same old “episode” for Rachael Flora of Willie J. Williams Middle School.

Flora spelled “E-P-I-S-O-D-E” correctly to win the 2006 Colquitt County Spelling Bee. This was her second time winning the county spelling bee in the last three years, also winning it in 2004.

Flora said she was scared she was about to lose the competition when she misspelled “notarize,” but runner-up Zack Saunders of Okapilco Elementary School also missed the word. She said it was “pretty cool” she was able to win the event for the second time, spelling “audit” correctly after Saunders misspelled it before correctly spelling “episode.”

Each year when the spelling bee approaches, Flora said she studies hard even though she doesn’t like to study. Even after being in the county spelling bee for three years, she said she still gets nervous and scared when she gets up on stage.

Colquitt County Schools Superintendent Leonard McCoy gave the contestants his compliments, saying they were all winners and had earned the right to represent their schools. He then asked the crowd what could be more American than an academic competition like a spelling bee.

Flora will represent Colquitt County in the Ninth District Spelling Bee, being held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Willie J. Williams Middle School. She will compete against winners from 29 other counties in the district.

The Colquitt County Spelling Bee was held at the auditorium on the Moultrie Technical College’s Veterans Parkway campus. All 12 contestants in the county spelling bee were the winners of spelling bees in the county’s elementary and middle schools.

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