After numerous rounds of spelling, the final two spellers battled out for the win. Valdosta Early College Academy's Harper Hall, eighth-grader, was named champion when she correctly spelled G-A-R-G-O-Y-L-E. She will represent Valdosta City Schools in Bainbridge in the region Spelling Bee.
This year’s third place winner was J.L. Lomax fifth-grader Ja’Mya Patterson. Second place was Sallas Mahone Elementary fifth-grader Imajanae Moses.