The annual event took place in the Dyersburg Middle School auditorium at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the contest was open to both traditional and home-schooled students. A dozen students from Christ Classical Academy, Dyersburg Intermediate School and Dyersburg Middle School participated in the event.
Matthew Pepito, son of Janet and Nerio Pepito, won the competition. Pepito is an eighth-grader at Christ Classical Academy.
* DIS fifth-grader Amarius Jones, son of Nicole Jones
* DIS fifth-grader Bradley Floyd, son of Lanny and Amanda Floyd
* DIS fifth-grader Rachel Finley, daughter of Lori and Chip Finley
Other students participating in Tuesday's spelling bee included:
From DMS - sixth-graders Michaela Cooper, daughter of Stephanie Jane Hart, and Destinee Pierce, daughter of Denise Dobbins; seventh-graders Maya Harris, daughter of Michael and Yolanda Harris, and Omarcus Jenkins, son of Omar Jenkins and Robin Overton; and eighth-graders Matthew Permenter, son of Lori Williams, and Morgan Reasons, daughter of James Reasons and Karen Gatlin.
Local students began their journey to the county-wide bee with classroom and school competitions. Tuesday's first- and second-place champs will move on to compete in the Mid-South Spelling Bee. Winners of the Mid-South Bee go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation's largest and longest-running educational program.
Kiwanis Club members were instrumental in the success of the Dyer County Spelling Bee. Kiwanis member Travis Miles served as the announcer, with Kiwanis members Dara Gonzales, Dr. Randy Prince and Marc Thompson judging the competition.