Olivia Rareshide wins county spelling bee contest

Published 6:55 am Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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It took 74 words to crown the 2024 Davie County Schools Spelling Bee champion.

Olivia Rareshide, an eighth grade student at William Ellis Middle School, brought home the top honors, followed by Alexandra Leszczuk, an eighth grader at North Davie Middle School, and Dev Gandhi, a seventh grader at Davie County Virtual School.

The other contestants, all school champions:

• Jayden Burton, fifth grade, Cooleemee Elementary;

• Maylie Langfield, fourth grade, Cornatzer Elementary;

• Cassandra Booc, fifth grade, Mocksville Elementary;

• Leyton Draughn, fifth grade, Pinebrook Elementary;

• Alexia Pitt, fifth grade, Shady Grove Elementary;

• Dallas Martin-Hauser, fifth grade, William R. Davie Elementary; and

• Scarlett Brock, eighth grade, South Davie Middle.

Sponsors were Venezia’s Italian Family Restaurant, the Davie County Enterprise Record and Skyline Bank.

Davie County Schools Spelling Bee contestants: Olivia Rareshide, Alexandra Leszczuk, Dev Gandhi, Jayden Burton, Cassandra Booc, Leyton Draughn, Dallas Martin-Hauser, Alexia Pitt, Scarlett Brock and Maylie Langfield. – Photos courtesy Karen Jarvis, Davie County Schools