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Dibrell seventh-grader wins county crown
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Dibrell seventh-grader Haley Elrod navigated her way through a minefield of words that included “acolyte,” “diurnal,” and “perquisite” to win the Warren County Spelling Bee at WCMS on Tuesday night.With the win, Elrod received $70 and a large trophy from spelling bee sponsor Southern Standard. She also continued Dibrell’s dominance of the event.“I’m going to take this trophy to school tomorrow to show all my classmates,” said Haley, who was last year’s runner-up.She attributed her victory to hours and hours of work.“I filled two 75-page notebooks writing the words and rewriting them,” said Haley, who was given a list of study words like all spelling bee finalists.Haley outlasted Covenant Academy fifth-grader Gracie Upchurch, who finished second. Upchurch, a fluent speller, advanced to the finals last year and lasted 10 rounds as a fourth-grader.Centertown sixth-grader Courtney Curtis was third, Centertown eighth-grader Chris Shelton was fourth, and Hickory Creek fourth-grader Jakob Shockley was fifth.The night started with grade-level spelling bees for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades.