'Sensibility' is the name of game at Bartow County spelling bee
by Mark Andrews
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Students representing Bartow County elementary and middle schools competed in the Bartow County Spelling Bee at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.
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Sixteen students from Bartow County elementary and middle schools on Friday met at the Clarence Brown Conference Center to show off their spelling skills during the annual Bartow County Spelling Bee.

Jason Burdette, a fifth-grader at Adairsville Elementary, won the spelling bee and will be representing Bartow County at the regional spelling bee in Rome on Feb. 26. The winner of the regional spelling bee will go on to represent their county at the state competition in Atlanta and the winner of the state competition will go on to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C.

"My mom helped with everything," Burdette said. "We went through the study packet every day."

Burdette stood through several rounds of spelling words increasing in difficulty. He won the competition by spelling "sensibility."

"I'm surprised that I won," Burdette said. "I expected just to get to the first round."

"I'm proud of (Burdette) for being so humble," his mother Margo Burdette said.

If Burdette is unable to represent Bartow schools in the regional spelling bee, runner up Savannah Jones -- a fifth-grader from Coverleaf Elementary -- will take his place.

Dot Frasier, Executive Director of the Bartow Education Foundation and Assistant Coordinator for special events, has helped with the spelling bee since 1960.

She said the spelling bee is an important event in the lives of students and hopes to continue with the tradition.

"These students may not remember what they learned in school yesterday," Frasier said, "but they will never, ever forget today."

Superintendent John Harper expressed that the annual spelling bee is a reflection of Bartow County schools' commitment to excellence.

"This is certainly an outstanding curriculum for (the students) to be able to participate in this auditorium in front of you," Harper said.

After recognizing the judges, coordinators and other individuals who assisted with making the spelling bee possible, Harper recognized the students.

"The real star of the show is this group of students on stage," Harper said

Participants in the 2011 Bartow County Spelling Bee:

Adairsville Elementary -- Jason Burdette

Adairsville Middle -- Jacob Smith

Allatoona Elementary -- Heidi Hicks

Cass Middle -- Hannah Arents

Clear Creek Elementary -- Annika Stronen

Cloverleaf Elementary -- Savannah Jones

Emerson Elementary -- Carah Camron

Euharlee Elementary -- Toby Queen

Hamilton Crossing Elementary -- Noah Bishop

Kingston Elementary -- Grant Morris

Mission Road Elementary -- Jenna Ross

Pine Log Elementary -- Maddox Teems

South Central Middle -- Jordan Farist

Taylorsville Elementary -- Ezra Petron

White Elementary -- Anna Marie King

Woodland Middle -- Andrew Morgan