MOULTRIE -- Sunset Elementary student Rachael Flora won the Colquitt County Schools Spelling Bee held Friday morning at Moultrie Technical College.
The sixth grader correctly spelled "pennant" and "pageantry" to claim the title over runner-up Blake Wiggins of R.B. Wright Elementary.
Flora and Wiggins met stiff competition from the 10 other contestants in the bee. The event rolled through four rounds of spelling before the first contestant was eliminated.
"These students are a great bunch of spellers," said Bert Wagnon, director of West Service Center, who read the rules of competition. "I've been to other bees and have not seen competition like this."
Colquitt County Association of Educators president Sharon Rinehart presided over the event. Student Mark Brown led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flags of the United States and the Georgia as Colquitt County High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC presented the colors.
Colquitt County School Superintendent Leonard McCoy introduced officials and participants in this year's bee.
The event was judged by Treasea Bridges, Katrina McIntosh and Fritzie Sheumaker. Colquitt County Teacher of the Year Landon Sawyer called the words.
The contestants were Anna Leigh Keith, C.A. Gray Middle School, Diana Padilla, Cox Elementary, Jody Morris, Doerun Elementary, Christen May, Funston Elementary, Ashley Hancock, Hamilton Elementary, Gracie Carlton, Norman Park Elementary, Amanda Weeks, Odom Elementary, Parker Johnson, Okapilco Elementary, Blake Wiggins, R.B. Wright Elementary, Javaris Wilson, Stringfellow Elementary, Rachael Flora, Sunset Elementary and Shane Riggs, Willie J. Williams Middle.
Flora will represent Colquitt County Schools at the District 10 Spelling Bee which will be held 10 a.m., Feb. 28 at Willie J. Williams Middle School.