The 2023 Charleston County School District (CCSD) Spelling Bee returned to an in-person event this year. It was held on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at Burke High School, where Hunter Graham was declared the winner. CCSD has hosted its annual spelling bee contest online over the past few years, due to COVID restrictions.
Graham is a seventh grader at Moultrie Middle School. Graham progressed to the championship round by correctly spelling “harbinger.” Hunter then correctly spelled the word, “rejuvenate” to secure his victory.
Spellers from elementary and middle schools across the district competed to become the 2023 CCSD Spelling Bee Champion. The Top 10 spellers advanced to the regional bee, sponsored by the Post & Courier in March.
Fifth graders from each elementary school and sixth, seventh, and eighth graders competed to earn the opportunity to participate in the CCSD competition.
The CCSD Top 10 are Hunter Graham of Moultrie Middle School; Machaela Black of Morningside Middle; Audrey Cen of Charleston County School of Arts; Sam Noonan of Orange Grove Charter; Aubrey Thompson of St. James-Santee Elementary/Middle; Zachery Teachman of Thomas Cario Middle; Grant Baker of Camp Road Middle; Posey Staley of Sullivan's Island Elementary; Mark Sutton of Jerry Zucker Middle; and Tallulah Branton of Drayton Hall Elementary.
The competition was composed of 43 spellers and lasted 12 total rounds.
The Post & Courier’s SpellBound! Regional Spelling Bee will be held at the Lightsey Chapel on the campus of Charleston Southern University on Thursday, March 9, 2023. The winner, along with over 200 regional bee champions from around the country, will advance to the 2023 Scripps National Bee. The national competition will take place the week of Memorial Day at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
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