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Hallsville student winner in Harrison County Spelling Bee

Feb. 15, 2014 at 10 p.m.

<p>Hallsville Middle School student Hannah Emerson, center, placed first in the Harrison County Spelling Bee held Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. Second place winner was Hannah Sheard, left, also of Hallsville Middle School, while Samantha Reeves, at right, was the third place winner.</p>

The top speller for Harrison County schools is Hallsville Middle School 8th grader Hannah Emerson, who correctly spelled the word "omnipotent" to win first place during the Harrison County Spelling Bee held at Marshall Junior High School Thursday night.

As first place winner, Emerson will represent Harrison County in Dallas at the 56th Annual Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Dallas Morning News. The winner of that event, to be held March 22, will receive an all-expense paid trip for three to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripp's National Spelling Bee. National Spelling Bee Week is May 25 - May 31.

It was a close race between Emerson and second place winner, Hannah Sheard, another Hallsville Middle School 8th grader.

The two went more than five rounds before Sheard was eliminated by "gulden" which was the basic monetary unit of the Netherlands before being replaced by the euro.

Third place winner was Marshall Junior High School 8th grader Samantha Reeves.

Emerson received $100 donated by James Morin; Sheard received a prize of $50 donated by the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council and $25 from East Texas Professional Credit Union; and Reeves received $50 donated by Texas Bank and Trust.

Twelve students representing six Harrison County schools competed in Thursday's event, including Samantha Reeves and Carson Carlile, MJHS; Chandler Bush and Jack Morgan, Elysian Fields Middle School; Hanna Emerson and Hannah Sheard, Hallsville Middle School; Davion Williams and Madison Hicks, Price T. Young Middle School; Jagger Allen and Gregg Gessman, Sam Houston Middle School; and Colton Hortman and Olivia Runnels, Trinity Episcopal School.

Hannah Emerson is the daughter of Kim and Richard Emerson; Hannah Sheard is the daughter of Amelia and Bill Sheard; and Samantha Reeves is the daughter of Kevin and Melissa Reeves.

Presiding over the event was MJHS Principal David Segers. Organizer for the event was Shirley Stauts with decorations arranged by Mary Echols.

Judges were retired Marshall school district administrators and educators Fay Whitaker, Le Ila Dixon and Wendell Jones and from Wiley College, Dr. Stanley Mims. Caller was Karla DeLuca, executive director of the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council.

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