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VFW Sponsors Montgomery County AL Spelling Bee

The 2024 Montgomery County Spelling Bee was hosted Monday, February 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the Performing Arts Building on the campus of Saint James School. Montgomery County public, private, and parochial schools and those home-schooled through the 8th grade were eligible to enter the contest. Montgomery County schools participated. For the 66th consecutive year, the Montgomery County Bee was sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States - Smith-Wynn Post 96 in Montgomery Alabama, which awards a prize of $300 to the County winner. The second-place prize was $200, and the third-place prize was $100.

Winners were: 1) First Place: Justin Lee of Holy Spirit Elementary School who has won the Montgomery County Bee for the third straight year; (2) Second Place: Lynn Kim of Forest Avenue Elementary School; (3) Third Place: Fridda Barrios of Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School. The winning words for the final round were “cathode” and “bonsai.” The Montgomery County winner will participate in the State Spelling Bee in March with the chance to represent the State of Alabama in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC.

The Judges were: (1) Joe Crowley – Retired Professor of English, Auburn Montgomery (2) Bill Chivalette – Post Adjutant, VFW Smith-Wynn Post 96 (3) Jerry Taff – Retired insurance agent and substitute teacher at various schools. The Pronouncer was Vicki Petters, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School.


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