JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Nearly 100 area students were in Jonesboro Thursday to participate in the 2020 Craighead County Spelling Bee.
The students took part in a practice round during the bee, held at Riceland Hall on the A-State campus, before the bee began.
Braxton Ray, a sixth grader from Blessed Sacrament, said it was fun to participate in the bee.
“I signed up. I mostly wanted to get the day off too. But I also enjoyed spelling,” Ray said.
The student also said the competition is intense but provides a goal.
“Getting the word right after once you get up there. You feel a lot of stress and pressure when you get up there, so when you get it right, it’s a lot of weight off your shoulders,” Ray said.
When it was over, just one student remained standing: Joann Kim, a 6th grader at Valley View Intermediate, received a first-place trophy provided by Ritter Communications and $200 from First National Bank of Jonesboro.
Landon Epps, a 7th grader at Brookland Junior High, came in second and received a trophy plus $100.
Julee Eggers, a 6th grade student from Westside Middle School, placed third, receiving a trophy and $50.