(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
"Unappreciative" is the final word spelled by Amber Rolland making her the 2008 Craighead County Spelling Bee champion. Rolland, an eighth grade student at Buffalo Island Central Junior High School, is the daughter of Matt and Angie Rolland of Monette.
Rolland was among 91 students in the fourth through eighth grades representing 27 schools competing at the county level. The county event was held Friday, Feb. 9, at Arkansas State University. She had won the spelling bee at her school in grades sixth through eighth.
Rolland said she did not have much time to study because her Lady Mustang basketball team was in the district tournament.
"I was lucky enough to get words I knew," she said. "Some of the others got words I could not spell."
"We've done well every year in the spelling bee," Superintendent George Holland said. "It is an honor for our school to win the spelling bee."
Mr. Holland congratulated Rolland and wished her well in the upcoming state competition. It will be held March 8 at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
Mr. Holland, a former Craighead County Spelling Bee winner from Monette, won the event 1961.