Press release by Flagler Schools Community Information Specialist Jason Wheeler
As soon as she heard the word in the Championship Round, Old Kings Elementary School fifth-grader Addison Davis knew she had won, according to a news release from Flagler Schools. “Renovate” won her the 2019 Flagler County Spelling Bee, but it was “pretzel,” which threw her for a brief second in the round, to get her to the championship. “You mean the food?” she asked Flagler Schools Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Diane Dyer, who was the official pronouncer for the bee.
Runner-up in this year’s Spelling Bee was Chevaney Chandradat, a sixth-grader from Belle Terre Elementary School, the release stated. She pushed Addison through seven rounds Wednesday night, Jan. 16, in the Wadsworth Elementary School cafeteria.
“I’ve got to be honest. I really didn’t start looking at the words until about four days ago,” Addison said in the release. “There were some words I spelled tonight that I don’t think I ever saw.”
She credits her love of reading when it comes to spelling though.
Addison’s parents, Lesley and Josh Davis admit it was not easy watching quietly from the audience.
“I think they should put a warning out for the parents on just how nervewracking it is to watch them stand up and do this,” Lesley Davis said in the release. “I had no idea.”
“I thought I was going to pass out,” Josh Davis said in the release. “I’m just so proud...as proud as I can possibly be.”
Addison will go on to the 75th-annual First Coast Regional Spelling Bee next month at Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville.