Williams Middle School Student Wins District Spelling Bee

Runner-up Johnny Marshall and Winner Shayla Giang

The Colquitt County Association of Educators (CCAE) held the annual Spelling Bee for students from the Colquitt County School District on Friday, January 26, 2024, at Southern Regional Technical College.  School-level winners from each elementary school, G.E.A.R, Charlie A. Gray Junior High, and  Willie J. Williams Middle School participated in the Bee. 

After nine rounds, the district winner was Shayla Giang, a Willie J. Williams Middle School seventh-grade student.  She correctly spelled “enumerated” and “complementary” in the final round.  Johnny Marshall, a Doerun Elementary School fifth-grade student, was the runner-up.  Shayla will now compete at the regional competition on February 24, 2024. 

The judges for the Bee were Stacy Jones, Lisa Lawson, and Ian Smith.  Other officials assisting included Sterling Brantley, Miley Rigsby, and Stacey Davenport.  Brenda Arnold, an ELA teacher from Willie J. Williams, serves as the District Spelling Bee Coordinator.  Allen Edwards was the caller/pronouncer for the Bee.

Superintendent Ben Wiggins and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Marni Kirkland recognized each school winner and runner-up with a certificate and pin. 


School Winners

Makenzie Pina, Cox Elementary

Johnny Marshall, Doerun  Elementary

Kenzie Roberts, Funston Elementary

Macie Taylor, GEAR Center

Kingston Johnson, C.A. Gray Junior High School

Dylin Cook,  Hamilton Elementary

Ethan Googe, Norman Park Elementary

Madalyn Villeda, Odom Elementary (school winner two years in a row)

Chloe Hole, Okapilco Elementary

Bryson Green, Stringfellow Elementary

Keilyn Shiver, Sunset Elementary

Shayla Giang, Willie J. Williams Middle

Clark Deloach, R.B. Wright Elementary


School Alternates

Da’Quan Gerren, Cox Elementary

Cavion Washington, Doerun Elementary

Jadi Partain, Funston Elementary

Taylor Hiers, GEAR

Cameron Hall, C.A. Gray Junior High 

Lam-anh Nguyen, Hamilton Elementary

Brayden McFarland, Norman Park Elementary

Raeleigh Ferrell, Odom Elementary

Tremaya Scott, Okapilco Elementary

Emily Tomas, Stringfellow Elementary

Kavien Lampkin, Sunset Elementary

Zikahrye White, Willie J. Williams Middle

Sadie Laurel Cato, R.B. Wright Elementary



Special thanks to CBS44 and the Moultrie Observer for covering the Spelling Bee.  For their coverage of the event, please visit the links below:



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