Boyd-Buchanan 5th Grader Connor Young Triumphs In School Spelling Bee

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Boyd-Buchanan Elementary and Middle School students, grades five through eight, participated in the first level of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Before an audience of peers, families, teachers and judges, ten fifth grade students and 35 middle school students were challenged with a plethora of words by Event Coordinator, Emile Salisbury.  

After many tension-filled rounds of pronunciation, definition and language of origin cues, fifth-grader Connor Young emerged as Boyd Buchanan's top speller. Connor won first place overall, triumphing over middle school students, by correctly spelling "herbaceous." 

Connor said, “I was so happy when she said my word was 'herbaceous' because I knew I could spell it!”

Second place went to seventh-grader Elizabeth Hall, and fifth-grader Nick Klaehn claimed third. Joseph DeLay (seventh grade), Bryson Myrell (seventh grade) and Ethan Liang (fifth grade) placed in the top six. 

Each of the top six talented participants will now move on to the Zone Spelling Bee for private schools which will be conducted by Baylor School on Feb. 12.  

Four winners from this Zone Spelling Bee will compete in the Regional Championship on March 16, at The University of Tennessee- Chattanooga Hayes Fine Arts Center.  The regional champion will represent the area at the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.  


Harris Taking Her Passion To Fort Valley State University

"Dr. Angela Harris has a passion for people." It was a phrase repeated several times during a reception to bid her farewell and good luck on her new job.  Dr. Harris - who worked at Dalton State for nearly 25 years, most recently as assistant vice president of enrollment services – is now serving as the vice president for student success and enrollment management at Fort ... (click for more)

Southern Honored For Promoting Workplace Health

Southern Adventist University has received the 2014 Governor’s Healthier Workplace award, part of the state's Healthier Tennessee initiative, for meeting all 32 of this program’s requirements and being an involved community advocate for wellness. The normal lifestyle on campus met many of the simple criteria for having a healthy workplace, including vegetarian meals and an alcohol- ... (click for more)

Linear Park Planned As Extension Of Walnut Street Bridge In Front Of Planned Boutique Hotel

A linear park that will be an extension of the Walnut Street Bridge public space is planned in front of a new boutique hotel at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way (Second Street). Mitch Patel of Vision Hospitality on Tuesday night told nearby residents that "the city pushed this idea of a linear park, and we agree that it is a great idea." He said the current situation in which ... (click for more)

Sharply-Divided City Council Approves Office Reorganization; Councilman Freeman Calls Move "Evil, Hellish"

A sharply-divided City Council on Tuesday voted 5-4 to completely reorganize the council office, leaving current staffers without a job down the road but with the option to reapply. Councilman Moses Freeman called the move "evil" and "hellish." He said, "We are punishing somebody on a personal level," though he said the office has been running smoothly. Saying the majority ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)