By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison County School Board took a few moments during its March 4 meeting to recognize some exceptional, award-winning students from recent spelling bee and science fair competitions.
In the Madison County Spelling Bee, grades fifth through eighth, Caden Newman took the championship and Cassidy Evans was the runner-up. Newman went on to compete at the state level in Jacksonville. In the fourth grade Spelling bee, a contest that allows fourth grade students to get a sense of what a spelling bee is like and get used to standing up in front of a panel of judges and an audience, the champion was Halie Wetherington. Keillor Davis was the runner-up.
Superintendent Doug Brown called the students up one by one and presented them to the audience. Each child also received certificates for their accomplishments.
At the Suwannee Valley Science Fair, Madison County has several reasons to be proud. Accompanied by their teacher, Forrest Massey, several science fair winners joined those receiving accolades. First Place winners Drew French and Eric Rykard will be going on to compete at the state level. Rowan Griffis, who also placed in the competition, was named as an alternate.
In addition to earning first place ribbon, French’s project also received the Broadman Masters Award and recognition for the Best Biological Science Project in the Junior Division. Rykard’s project received the Award of Merit for Agriscience Research.
Rowan Griffis took home a second place win for her botany project, sharing second place honors with Bailey McClellan for her behavioral sciences project. Fredasha Marshall took third place with her earth science project.
Zabdiel Reyes, who also placed in the competition, took home the United States Metric Association Award in addition to his ribbon.
Honorable mentions included Katie Martinez, Van Shawn Lewis and Elizabeth Moore.