When Georjanna Myers grows up, and her ambition to be a cardiologist should come to fruition, she may recall the “diagnosis” that enabled her to win the county spelling bee.
This is because that was the word that won it for the Apalachicola Bay Charter School eighth grader, when she bested the field of 20 elementary and middle school students to take the top prize Dec. 12.
Myers had to contend with a challenge from ABC sixth grader Cade Juno, who was the last student standing between her and the title entering the sixth and final round.
Juno had spelled “hazard” right earlier, and before that “belladonna,” but this time the word “isobar” tripped him up.
Myers, who in the previous round advanced with the word “guitar,” this time nailed “topical,” and then the championship word, a medical term, to earn a berth in the Big Bend Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Aquilina Howell Student Services Center in Tallahassee. The champion of that spelling bee wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
“I like science,” said the straight A student. ”I want to be a cardiologist, or a neurologist.”
Myers said she studied some for the bee, mainly with fellow eighth grade ABC school winner Savannah Montgomery on their way to the district finals in the media center of the Franklin County School.
Myers, who learns language arts with middle school teacher Tanya Joanos, said her favorite subject is reading, and she likes mainly fiction, especially mysteries.
“I like to read in the living room, that’s the best place,” Myers said. “No one can bother me.”
She’s enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy, and is now poring through “The Book Thief,” a best-selling adventure tale of a nine-year-old girl who makes her way through World War II Germany by stealing books.
“I like it when it leaves you waiting for more,” she said.
Myers, daughter of Belinda Lockley and Henry Myers, said Joanos also “makes us write a lot,” an excellent way to learn to master the spelling of words.
She took a moment after her win to say “thank you to my mama and to my school.”
In addition to Myers, Montgomery and Juno, representing the charter school were fourth graders Weston Bockelman and Meredith Alford, fifth graders Jack Vail and Camille Davis, sixth grader Camille Williams and seventh graders Dajon Penamon and Kevin Flores.
The Franklin County School was represented by fourth graders Rachel Rudd and Brianna Sutcliffe, fifth graders Carson Stulsky and Gavyn Padilla, sixth graders Keondre Sewell and Jesse Ray, seventh graders Ethan Riley and Makenzie Shuman, and eighth graders Harper Westbook and Josie Kriss.
Judging this year’s bee, which was coordinated by high school language arts teacher Callie Nichols, was retired librarian Susan Clementson, retired Apalachicola postmaster Judy Stokowski and Dr. Gregory Wynot, a retired psychologist who is a civilian firearms instructor at Gulf Coast State College. The bee’s pronouncer was Apalachicola librarian Caty Greene.