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GISD Spelling Bee Champion!

GISD Announces Spelling Bee Champion

On January 22, GISD students in 2nd-8th grade participated in the 9th annual GISD District Spelling Bee. All 14 of these students first competed at their individual campus spelling bees, which were part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. The highest performing students from each grade level/campus were invited to compete at the District Bee. Although the District Bee does not determine advancement in the Scripps Bee, it gives GISD an opportunity to recognize the top spellers at each campus and practice for the next level of the Scripps Bee. The Bee Champion was Amira Khan, 7th grade student at Gainesville Junior High.  Also finishing in the top 3 were Avery Crutsinger, 2nd place, and Jackson Otts, 3rd place.

spelling bee top 3

Left to right:  Avery Crutsinger (2nd place), Amira Khan (1st place), Jackson Otts (3rd place), Dr. DesMontes Stewart

The following students participated in the GISD District Bee:

Chalmers Elementary
2nd grade: Kelsy Malavar, Jaylynn Wilson, Miranda White
3rd grade: Jason Colwell, Maivry Montgomery
4th grade: Kimberlee Brooks, Elijah Najera, Brianna Perez

Lee Intermediate
6th grade: Kimberly Anderson, Jackson Otts, Ericka Herrera-Franco

Gainesville Junior High
7th grade: Amira Khan, Avery Crutsinger
8th grade: Johany Marin


The Cooke County Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, February 6, at 2pm at the GISD Administration building at 800 S. Morris.  The top student from the campus bees held in December will participate in the County Bee along with other county bee winners.  Representing GISD will be   Kimberlee Brooks (Chalmers), Jackson Otts (Lee), and Amira Khan (GJH). In addition to GISD, the top speller from Muenster ISD and Sacred Heart will also be competing.  The Cooke County Bee winner will advance to the Regional Bee in Dallas.

district spelling bee participants

Front row: Maivry Montgomery, Miranda White, Kimberly Anderson
Middle row: Kimberlee Brooks, Brianna Perez, Jaylynn Wilson, Kelsy Malavar
Back row:  Ericka Franco, Avery Crutsinger, Amira Khan, Johany Marin, Jackson Otts, Dr. DesMontes Stewart
not pictured:  Jason Colwell, Elijah Najera