Preston Kirkland, a seventh grader at Granbury Middle School, won the Area Spelling Bee on January 20, 2021, at the Granbury ISD Administration Building.
Kirkland and Grace Blevins, a seventh grader at Acton Middle School, battled for 21 rounds before Kirkland emerged the victor on the word “souterrain.”
The champion was the GMS campus winner and an area contestant in 2018 while in fourth grade at Brawner Intermediate School.
The area contest pitted campus-level winners from seven Granbury campuses. Other competitors were: Titus Cave, fourth grader at Brawner Elementary School; Devin Hernandez, fifth grader at Baccus Elementary School; Maria Hustak, fourth grader at STEAM Academy at Mambrino; Jack Martin, fifth grader at Acton Elementary School; Brendan Thorne, fifth grader at Oak Woods School.
As the Hood County area champion, Kirkland advances to the regional contest scheduled for March 9 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. That contest will feature more than thirty contestants who won at the area level. The regional winner will have an opportunity to compete in the national competition to be held in Washington, D.C. in May.
The campus and district spelling bees were open to all students under the age of sixteen who had not passed beyond the eighth grade.
Pictured are (left to right): back – Maria Hustak, Grace Blevins, Preston Kirkland, Brendan Thorne; front – Titus Cave, Jack Martin, Devin Hernandez.