Columbus Municipal School District hosted the annual Citywide Spelling Bee at Columbus Middle School at 9:00 a.m. today. Forty-four students in grades 4-8 from city, county, public and private, and home schools participated in this exciting, yet challenging event.
Aundrea Self, WCBI Anchor, served as the Announcer and other officials represented the District, County and Private schools. The winner of this year’s event was Hunter Perrigin, age 14, an 8th grade student at Columbus Middle School. Second place went to Matthew Swiderski, a 6th grade student at Annunciation Catholic School.
Hunter’s mother Mrs. Diane Flanagan stated that Hunter has bloomed at Columbus Middle and she almost hates to see him go on to high school. She is very proud of her son and his ability to maintain good academic standing while doing volunteer work at the YMCA each evening from 5-8 pm at the YMCA. Hunter’s older sister Allison immediately sent posts to everyone on her Facebook page when he was announced the winner. They both expressed their excitement not only about the win, but that he won at his home school, Columbus Middle School. Principal Freda Dismukes stated that the students helped Hunter celebrate his win with high-fives and handshakes. Hunter has high aspirations toward leadership and today he took another big step in that direction.
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