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Landon Middle Student Wins the 2011 Duval County Spelling Bee
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Ashlie Malone, a sixth-grade student at Julia Landon Middle, won the 2011 Duval County Spelling Bee held last night at Mandarin Middle School. The contest lasted 35 rounds and the students spelled over 200 words. Ashlie won by spelling the word “kavya" correctly.

Ashley Barron, an eighth-grader at James Weldon Johnson Middle, took fifth place in the competition.

Twenty-one elementary and middle school students from 14 public and seven private schools competed for the right to represent Duval County in The Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee. The regional competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 19 at the Main Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library.

The winner of the regional bee will advance to compete in the national spelling bee, scheduled at the end of May in Washington, D.C.

Jill Lively, a DCPS elementary school teacher, served as the spelling bee coordinator. The pronouncer was Robyn White, a teacher at Chimney Lakes Elementary, and the head judge was Tim Ballentine, DCPS executive director of instructional research and accountability.

The Duval County Spelling Bee is sponsored by The Florida Times-Union, and is conducted according to the contest rules of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.

Duval County Public Schools operates 172 schools and serves approximately 123,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world.

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