Woodland Middle student wins county spelling bee
by Mark Andrews
Feb 09, 2014 | 2349 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland Middle School seventh grader C.J. Adcock is the winner of the 2014 Bartow County School System Spelling Bee, held Friday at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. He will go on to compete at the district level in Rome.

“I studied a little bit here and there. We were given a list at the beginning after we won our school championship,” Adcock said. “We just had to study hard and study a lot. It was a lot of fun.”

When asked what was going through his mind when he recognized the spelling of the final word, “incoherently,” he said “I can win this finally, yay!”

He explained his plan to prepare for the upcoming district competition.

“I’ll probably fulfill an item on my bucket list and read a dictionary,” Adcock said, laughing.

If he is unable to compete on the district level, runner-up Christina Burdette, a fifth grader from Adairsville Elementary School, will take Adcock’s place. Throughout the competition, Adcock and Burdette gave each other high-fives and “fist bumps” as congratulatory gestures.

“I thought she was cool ..., she wasn’t rude in losing, she wasn’t a sore loser, she was nice and she was nice to me the entire time,” Adcock said.

When asked why he chose to compete in his school’s spelling bee, which resulted in being invited to compete at the county competition, he said, “I just love competition and proving my intelligence.”

Mother Roxanne Adcock said she was proud of her son for his preparation and sportsmanship.

“We worked really hard and diligently. He’s kind of like me, he strays a little bit and gets distracted, but we tried really hard to keep it on the main subjects and I’m just really proud of him and his sportsmanship and how he was kind to others,” Roxanne Adcock said.

This year’s spelling bee contestants were:

Adairsville Elementary — Christina Burdette

Adairsville Middle — Jason Burdette

Allatoona Elementary — Serena N’guessan

Cass Middle — Rachel Cagle

Clear Creek Elementary — Allyssa Hock

Cloverleaf Elementary — Enatea Gilliam

Emerson Elementary — Elyssa Abbott

Euharlee Elementary — Joshua O’Neal

Hamilton Crossing Elementary — Saydee Najarro

Kingston Elementary — Eli Etheridge

Mission Road Elementary — Chandler Barras

Pine Log Elementary — Alexandra Kanturek

South Central Middle — Camden Acree

Taylorsville Elementary — Riley Harris

White Elementary — Ava Richoz

Woodland Middle — C.J. Adcock