Three-time Spelling Bee champ


By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Samielle Baldillo wins the county-wide spelling bee for the third year in a row.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin County Spelling Bee competitors are, back row, Abby Moxley, Kaylee Mitchell, Joseph Barnes, Evan Lydick, Kyle Davidson; front row, Arden Finney, Noah Nicholson, Samielle Baldillo, Alex Richards and Chanler Bryant.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin greets the spelling bee competitors prior to the event.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

For the third year in a row, Samielle Baldillo claimed the victory in Yadkin County Schools’ county-wide spelling bee. Baldillo is now a seventh-grader at Forbush Middle School.

This year’s spelling bee was held at the Willingham Theater in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.

Dr. Todd Martin, Yadkin County Schools superintendent, said he was very appreciative of the arts council allowing them to host the event in the theater.

“We wanted to do it in a place that would be special for the kids,” he said.

Martin praised the students for a job well-done during the spelling bee.

“The kids did a great job and they did so under some nerve-wracking circumstances, so we’re proud of them,” Martin said.

Winners from each of the Yadkin County elementary and middle schools competed in the bee. Representing Boonville Elementary was fourth-grader Abby Moxley. Sixth-graders Kaylee Mitchell represented Courtney Elementary and Arden Finney competed from Jonesville Elementary School. Joseph Barnes, a fifth-grader, was the winner from East Bend Elementary. Evan Lydick, a sixth-grader, represented Forbush Elementary, also in sixth grade was West Yadkin student Noah Nicholson and Alex Richards of Yadkinville Elementary. Seventh-grader Chanler Bryant attends Starmount Middle School.

Baldillo will go on to compete in a regional spelling bee in Winston-Salem.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Samielle Baldillo wins the county-wide spelling bee for the third year in a row.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_IMG_9718-formatted.jpgSamielle Baldillo wins the county-wide spelling bee for the third year in a row. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin County Spelling Bee competitors are, back row, Abby Moxley, Kaylee Mitchell, Joseph Barnes, Evan Lydick, Kyle Davidson; front row, Arden Finney, Noah Nicholson, Samielle Baldillo, Alex Richards and Chanler Bryant.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_IMG_9728-formatted.jpgYadkin County Spelling Bee competitors are, back row, Abby Moxley, Kaylee Mitchell, Joseph Barnes, Evan Lydick, Kyle Davidson; front row, Arden Finney, Noah Nicholson, Samielle Baldillo, Alex Richards and Chanler Bryant. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin greets the spelling bee competitors prior to the event.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_IMG_9707-formatted.jpgYadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin greets the spelling bee competitors prior to the event. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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