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Amira Khan wins 3rd straight Cooke County Spelling Bee

Khan wins spelling bee

The 2020 Cooke County Spelling Bee took place on Thursday, February 6, at 2 p.m. at the GISD Administration Building.  Amira Khan, Gainesville Junior High 7th grade student, correctly spelled the word “cattail” in the 23rd round to win the Bee.   Sydney Miller, Muenster ISD 6th grade student, was the runner-up. 


The top speller from each participating Cooke County school were invited to compete in the Bee.  To be eligible, the student must be in 4th-8th grade. Also participating in the Cooke County Bee were Jackson Otts (6th grade) of Lee Intermediate, Kimberlee Brooks (4th grade) of Chalmers Elementary, and Miriam Jolly (5th grade) of Sacred Heart.


Khan will represent Cooke County at the 62nd annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.


The top two participants of the Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Washington, D.C. area to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


county spelling bee participants

Amira Khan, Sydney Miller, Kimberlee Brooks, Jackson Otts, Miriam Jolly, Dr. DesMontest Stewart, GISD Superintendent