BEE WINNER - Eric Hill (right), a sixth-grade student from Sloan-Hendrix, receives congratulations on his victory in the Lawrence County Spelling Bee from runner-up Tim Selvidge, a sixth grader from Hillcrest
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
Hill wins County
Eric Hill, a sixth grader from Sloan-Hendrix School is this year's champion in the Lawrence County Spelling Bee.
The bee, which is for students in sixth through eighth grades, was held on Thursday.
The overall runner-up was Tim Selvidge, also a sixth-grade student, from Hillcrest School. Third place went to Alan Swink, an eighth grader from Sloan-Hendrix.
They each received a plaque and cash prizes - first place, $150; second, $75 and third place, $50.
Winners by grade received certificates and cash prizes - first place, $25; second, $20; and third, $10. They are as follows:
Eighth Grade - Alan Swink, Sloan-Hendrix, first; Cobly Whitlow, Hoxie, second; and Tyler Dickson, Walnut Ridge, third.
Seventh Grade - Corie Burnside, Hoxie, first; Eric Wilcoxson, Walnut Ridge, second; and Ryan Vaughn, Hoxie, third.
Sixth Grade - Eric Hill, Sloan-Hendrix, first; Tim Selvidge, Hillcrest, second; Ella Mae Shreeman, Hoxie, third.
All monetary awards, plaques and certificates were sponsored by Lawrence County Farm Bureau.
Members of this year's spelling bee committee were: Angie Abbott of Hoxie School, Jeanne Clem of Hillcrest School, Sonya Lee of Walnut Ridge School, Lori McKenzie of Black Rock School and Rebecca Jones of Sloan-Hendrix School, who served as county coordinator.