Mary Lin Student "Bee"-autifully Takes 1st Place in APS Spelling Contest

On Feb. 7, the Atlanta Public Schools District Spelling Bee was hosted at Gideons Elementary School.

How do you spell champion?

T-h-e-o W-e-i-m-a-r.

Theo, a student at Mary Lin Elementary in Candler Park, beat out kids from 23 other grammar and middle schools to catpture the 2013 APS District Spelling Bee on Feb. 7.

He and scores of others competed in the bee, which was held at Gideons Elementary School. Theo had already taken top honors at his own school, winning the Mary Lin spelling bee on Jan. 17.

Sydney Ragland of Young Middle School placed an impressive 2nd, and Wen Lu of Beecher Hills Elementary tied for 3rd place with Amanda Stevens from Sutton Middle School.

All four move on to the Georgia Association of Educator Distinct Spelling Bee on Feb. 23.

Every year the event is hosted by Atlanta Association of Educators.  According to an article on the APS blog, in which they interviewed Ramon Reeves, he said:

The Atlanta Association of Educators takes pride in hosting and coordinating the District Spelling Bee. We applaud each student and school who participated in the event at the school level and at the district level.  I greatly appreciate the AAE Spelling Bee Chairperson, Mrs. Martha Henderson, for the hard work she and her committee put into ensuring the Spelling Bee was successful.

Martha Henderson, the Spelling Bee Coordinator, said:

We watched as you demonstrated your ability to decipher new and challenging words. On behalf of the Atlanta Association of Educators and President Ramon Reeves, we would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in APS District Spelling Bee.

The winners of the 2013 APS Spelling Bee:

  • 1st Place- Theo Weimar, Mary Lin Elementary
  • 2nd Place – Sydney Ragland, Young Middle
  • 3rd Place – Amanda Stevens, Sutton Middle
  • 3rd Place – Wen Lu, Beecher Hills Elementary


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