Students not ‘incompatible’ with success at spelling bee
by Mark Andrews
Feb 17, 2013 | 1965 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Jason Burdette holding the Bartow County Spelling Bee trophy hugs his father Gene Burdett after winning the competition.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News Jason Burdette holding the Bartow County Spelling Bee trophy hugs his father Gene Burdett after winning the competition.
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Jason Burdette, of Adairsville Middle School, and Aaron Thomas, of Taylorsville Elementary School, went head-to-head Friday at the annual Bartow County Spelling Bee, with Burdette placing first and Thomas being the runner-up. Burdette will represent Bartow County in the regional spelling bee in Rome, as well as subsequent state and national competitions, but if he cannot attend, Thomas will represent the county.

“It felt pretty good because I knew at that point I could have a second chance as long as the other person misspelled the word,” Burdette said.

Burdette is the son of Gene and Margo Burdett.

“I spent a lot of time preparing with my mom ... and sometimes when my dad would study with me he would mispronounce the words, but I would remember how he mispronounced the words to help me spell the words,” Burdette said.

Both of his parents said they were proud of his work and accomplishments. In 2011 Burdette won the spelling bee, representing Adairsville Elementary School.

“I’m just real proud of him. He’s been here before, so I had confidence in him,” father Gene Burdette said.

“He’s just a good kid,” mother Margo Burdett added.

Burdett said he also appreciated the help of teacher Katie Szweda in preparing for the contest.

The event, which featured 16 students from each elementary and middle school in the county, began with a practice round featuring monosyllabic words. After more than 10 rounds, the contest was decided by the correct spelling of the word “incompatible.”

Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini was the word caller for the event,

which was sponsored by the Bartow County Association of Educators and the Bartow Education Foundation.

This year’s contestants were Christina Burdette, of Adairsville Elementary; Jason Burdette, of Adairsville Middle; Luis Avalos, of Alatoona Elementary; Nicole Inaba, of Cass Middle; Allyssa, Hock of Clear Creek Elementary; Tanner Lee, of Cloverleaf Elementary; Hunter Diddle, of Emerson Elementary; Ishara Merine, of Euharlee Elementary; Riley Nelson, of Hamilton Crossing Elementary; Joseph Forsyth, of Kingston Elementary; Lindy Morris, of Mission Road Elementary; Alexandra Kanturek, of Pine Log Elementary; Heidi Hicks, of South Central Middle; Aaron Thomas, of Taylorsville Elementary; and Noble Holcomb, of White Elementary.