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Sixth-grade pupil takes spelling bee

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Rachael Cundey spelled her way into another championship on Tuesday.

Sharon Carson, the director of middle schools, presented Rachael Cundey, 12, with the Columbia County Spelling Bee award after Tuesday's event.   Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Sharon Carson, the director of middle schools, presented Rachael Cundey, 12, with the Columbia County Spelling Bee award after Tuesday's event.

The sixth-grader at Lakeside Middle School three-peated as the Columbia County Spelling Bee champ.

Rachael defeated her competition in just 12 rounds with the correct spelling of "Gestapo."

School officials believe Rachael is the first pupil in the county to win three spelling bees in a row, said Sharon Carson, the school system's director of middle schools.

"I think this feels as special as it did the first time," said the 12-year-old, who first won the contest as a fourth-grader. Officials believe she was the youngest to ever win the countywide bee at that time.

"It seems to be getting easier," said Rachael, who practices year-round for the bee. "This one went faster than the others."

Spellers from 25 Columbia County elementary and middle schools competed in the bee at Grovetown Middle School. Most exited in the first three rounds. By round 10, only three spellers remained -- Rachael; Savannah Shivers, an eighth-grader at Stallings Island Middle School; and Shreyu Umapathy, a fifth-grader at Blue Ridge Elementary.

Rachael will compete in the regional spelling bee at 10 a.m. March 5 in the Morris Auditorium of The Augusta Chronicle on Broad Street. She also has won that competition for the past two years.

The winner from that contest then will contend for the national title June 1-2 in Washington, D.C.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is perhaps the most recognizable academic competition in the world. Last year, preliminary rounds of the bee were televised by ESPN with the final round airing on ABC.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/01/11 - 09:25 pm
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Wow! Gud fer her! Whinning

Wow! Gud fer her! Whinning that meny timz iz a grate uccumplishmint! Okay...just kidding! That really is something, and I'm quite sure her parents are extremely proud of that little girl! I wish her nothing but good luck in the future competitions.

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blues550 02/01/11 - 09:38 pm
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Way to go Rachel!!!
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Way to go Rachel!!!

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Dixieman 02/01/11 - 10:25 pm
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"Gestapo" is a spelling word?

"Gestapo" is a spelling word?

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Riverman1 02/01/11 - 10:45 pm
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Dixieman, interesting

Dixieman, interesting observation. That's a proper noun if not a foreign word. The article has it capitalized. I wonder why they used it?

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abcd 02/07/11 - 03:39 pm
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Our Blue ridge won the Runner

Our Blue ridge won the Runner up .hurryyyyyyy

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