Grace Lay, fourth grader at Trevilians Elementary School, was crowned the winner of the Louisa County Public Schools spelling bee on Jan. 31. She earned the title after the fourth round with the championship word “mentor.”
A total of 30 students from third through eighth grade competed at the countywide bee, held at the Louisa County Middle School Forum. Each student earned a place in the bee by finishing at the top of a classroom and grade-level bee at his or her school. Those bees were managed by coordinators at each school: Moss-Nuckols ES, Dona Breen; Thomas Jefferson ES, Lisa Harris; Trevilians ES, Jenny Taylor; Jouett ES, Bettye Dickinson; Louisa County Middle School, Michelle Forrest.
The countywide runner-up was Ethan Labelle, a sixth grader at Louisa County Middle School, who previously attended Moss-Nuckols Elementary School. Labelle had a potential championship word after the second round, but did not spell correctly, bringing 10 contestants, including Lay, back into the contest.
Lay has earned the right to represent Louisa County Public Schools at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Bee on March 9 at the Library of Virginia. Labelle will serve as alternate.
Barbara Wilson, former LCMS librarian and head of Louisa’s GED program, made her debut as bee pronouncer, calling the words to the spellers. Judges included Jackie Lichtman of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library; Judy Havasy, former LCHS librarian; and Dr. LuAnne Unruh, LCPS assistant superintendent for instruction.