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Third-grade student wins Granville Spelling Bee

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Joel Jiljo Jose, a third-grader from C.G. Credle Elementary School in Oxford, won the second annual district Spelling Bee sponsored by Granville County Schools on March 14.

Over 100 supporters crowded the multipurpose hall at Tar River Elementary for the event. When the curtain opened at 6:30 p.m., nine school spelling bee winners were seated on stage ready to compete for the district championship and a chance to attend the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.

One contestant, Cayden Middleton, was unable to be there to represent Butner-Stem. The other nine students stood while being introduced: Joel Jose, C.G. Credle; Lillyanne Johnson, Creedmoor; Alissa Kurtzke, Falls Lake Academy; Natalie Ollila, Granville Academy; Ethan Fleming Winfield, Mt. Energy; Maria Rigsbee, Stovall-Shaw; Addison Preddy, Tar River; Dacari Burrell, West Oxford; and Finn Jones, Wilton.

Joel’s winning words were “cummerbund,” and “sumo.”

Joel hopes to attend a state university and possibly become an engineer or a pharmacist in the future.