Student Spotlight

Bee Bound Once More

Warning: This story will give you major deja vu.

Erin Howard, a seventh grader at Mountain Gap, is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee — again. This will be her third consecutive appearance at the event, according to AL.com.

Earlier in March, Erin beat out 49 other competitors in a grueling 14-round competition. The winning word was “calvarium,” a part of the skull.

Mountain Gap principal Heather Bardwell is hoping for the best and says, “This is the time that Erin gets to win it all.”

Last year, bee-watchers nationwide fell in love with Erin thanks to her laid-back nature and ability to joke around with the judges.

“OK, you really have to give me a word I know right now,” Erin told the judges in the 2017 competition.

The judge responded with a French word, which Erin spelled correctly, but only after saying, “I’m sorry, did you misunderstand my request?”

You can watch the spelling bee on ESPN and ESPN2 on May 31 and June 1.

Go Erin! Make the Mountain Gap Grizzlies proud!


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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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