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County spelling bee winners named
Joellyn Francis, a Snelson-Golden Middle School seventh grader, holds the trophy she won as she was named the best speller in the school system during a countywide bee last Friday. With her is Deputy Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Conley, who handed out trophies. - photo by Liberty County Schools / Coastal Courier
Joellyn Francis, a Snelson-Golden Middle School seventh grader, won the 2008 Liberty School System Spelling Bee Friday.
Candace Luong, a fifth-grader at Jordye Bacon Elementary was the first runnerup and Tyandre’ Neeley, an eighth-grader at Lewis Frasier Middle School was the second runnerup.
The bee was at Lewis Frasier Middle School and was to pick the county’s representative to the district spelling bee, which is normally in Waycross.
Students represented all eight elementary schools and the three middle schools in our district in the local bee. Those represented at the countywide bee had won bees at their respective schools. 
This year’s judges were Richard Braun, Charles Richardson, Willa Lewis and Althea Walton Jackson.  Sylvia Dorminey, a retired educator, was the caller and rule enforcer.  Bee coordinator was Charlene Rocker, curriculum specialist for the board of education. The site coordinator was Dr. Annie Welborn, curriculum coordinator at Lewis Frasier.  Students received trophies that were presented by Deputy Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Conley. Interim Superintendent  Harley Grove and Liberty County Board of Education Chairwoman Lily Baker also attended.
Bee sponsors, The Heritage Bank, Coastal Communications and the Georgia Association of Educators, provided prizes, including trophies from the association. The winner received a $300 savings bond, the first runnerup received a $200 savings bond, and the second runnerup received a $100 bond, all courtesy of The Heritage Bank.  Coastal Communications provided all three winners $25 cash. And bee participants received goodie bags donated from all elementary and middle schools.

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