Winners named in annual Knox County Spelling Bee

Lunatic:  Suffering from lunacy; insane.

That was the winning word at the annual Knox County Spelling Bee held on Monday, February 14, at the Knox County Board of Education Annex.

Alexis Hammons, a student at Barbourville Independent, won the 2011 Knox County Spelling Bee held on February 14.

Alexis Hammons, an 8th grade student at Barbourville Independent, correctly spelled the word during the 7th round of the bee before being named the county winner.  

Second place finisher, Grace Moses, a 6th grade student from St. Camillus Academy, incorrectly spelled “theorem” after Hammons during the same round.

Third place finisher Katelyn Combs, an 8th grade student at Knox County Middle, incorrectly spelled “timpani” prior to Hammons correctly spelling her word.

Other student finalists in the Knox County Spelling Bee included:

Barbourville Independent Cameron McHargue Alexis Hammons
Central Elementary Jenna Davis Caden Melendez
Dewitt Elementary Malloree Walker Dylan Bingham
Flat Lick Elementary Savanna Gray Kennith Barrett
Girdler Elementary Braden Isom Cherokee Bowling
GR Hampton Elementary Libby Kate Vaughn Tucker Holland
Lay Elementary Cara Mills Brett Messer
Lynn Camp Elementary Lauren Tipton William Brandenburg  
Knox County Middle Katelyn Combs Cody Lockard
Lynn Camp Middle Melissa Smith Tiana Simpson
St. Camillus Academy Christopher Newquist Grace Moses

The first place winner, or alternate second place winner, will now represent Knox County at the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee scheduled for March 19 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville.

The Knox County Board of Education is the primary sponsor of the annual county spelling bee.  The GFWC/KFWC Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club provided lunch for those in attendance, and Kentucky Farm Bureau, Knox County office (Scott Payne), provided a gift for each student participant.