Have you heard the buzz? The top five spellers in Newton-Conover City Schools from each elementary school and the middle school competed in the N-CCS District Spelling Bee on January 23rd at Newton-Conover Middle School. These spellers were determined by the school spelling bees at each of their respective schools. The intense and impressive spelling bee went 7 rounds total, before a champion was determined with the winning word “portfolio.” The pronouncer for the bee was N-CCS Chief Academic Officer, Heather Mullins, and judges were Jill Hager (North Newton Instructional Coach), Katrina Palozzi (N-CMS School Counselor) & Dr. Scarlet Davis (South Newton Instructional Coach). The 1st place winner, Phillip Nguyen from Shuford Elementary, will compete at The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee at ImaginOn’s Playhouse on Monday, February 23rd. Selena Rice, from South Newton Elementary, won 2nd place, and Grayson Creekmore, from Shuford Elementary, won third place. Congratulations to all of the hard-working participants in the spelling bee! Your dedication and preparation have certainly paid off!