Cody Brewer stole the limelight Friday.
A student at Centennial Arts Academy, Brewer won the Gainesville City Schools’ elementary spelling bee Friday when he correctly spelled the word “limelight.” Kaleigh Nasworthy, Gainesville Middle School student, won the middle school bee with the correct spelling of the word “aardvark.”
Andrew Elliott from Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy was the first runner-up in the elementary bee, and Ben Burns was the middle school runner-up.
“It feels great,” Brewer said after the win. “Just to be out here spelling words and being able to get this chance.”
Brewer and Elliot made one of the closest competitions in Gainesville spelling bee history, according to Lee Ann Pittman, Gainesville Middle School media specialist, who moderated the bee with Gainesville Middle Media Clerk Matt McClure.
Nasworthy, who started at Gainesville Middle School this year, said she didn’t practice for the bee. Both she and Brewer didn’t have any words that nearly stumped them.
“I read a lot,” she said.
She said she was pleased to win the districtwide middle school bee. She will be eligible to go on to the District Bee for the Georgia Association of Educators state spelling bee Feb. 28 in Winder.
“It feels wonderful,” Nasworthy said.