Kendall England was the top speller in Fayetteville Middle School’s first Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.

Sierra Arguello earned runner-up honors.

Every year, students have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the nation’s oldest and most iconic competitions. Fayetteville Middle School participated in this program for the first time this past week.

“What a thrill to work with these dedicated spellers,” said Kay Campbell, FMS teacher. “Many of them have come to school early to practice as we prepared for our first National Spelling Bee school competition.

“New words open new worlds of ideas and histories and connections,” she added. “Plus, competitions that challenge our hardest working students are a joy to organize. I look forward to coaching Kendall as she continues her preparations for the state qualifying test, which she will take in January, and, hopefully, for the Tennessee State Spelling Bee, which will be hosted in February by the Tennessee Titans for the top 50 spellers in Middle Tennessee.”

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