BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - Thirteen students from Bulloch County competed in a spelling bee on Monday night at Statesboro High School for a chance to advance to districts.
The young spellers represented the elementary and middle schools throughout the county. Nine rounds of spelling produced winner Eric Lim, a fifth grader from Brooklet Elementary. He was one of 12 participating contestants from the county's 14 public elementary and middle schools and the Charter Conservatory of Liberal Arts & Technology.
The winning words for Lim were oubliette and corsair. He received a trophy and a $100 check from the Bulloch County Chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE).
Zandria Foreman, an 8th grader from Portal Middle and High School, was runner-up. She won $50.
All participants received medals for being their school-level winner. Awards were presented by Superintendent Charles Wilson and Board of Education Co-Vice Chairman Maurice Hill on behalf of the Bulloch County Association of Educators.
Bulloch's top speller Lim now advances to the District 8 Spelling Bee at Savannah State University on Feb. 27. The District 8 winner will advance to the state spelling bee and possibly to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
WTOC's Jamie Ertle was the caller for the event and Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore served as a guest judge.