J.E.B. Stuart Elementary student wins Petersburg spelling bee
published Jan. 31, 2018
J.E.B. Elementary fifth-grader Jamari Jones won the 2018 spelling bee for Petersburg City Public Schools, and Walnut Hill Elementary student Kaniya Simmons was the runner-up. Jamari will represent Petersburg in the regional spelling bee March 10. He is the son of Tyqueshia Jones and the grandson of Donnell Jones and Alice Jackson.
Leading up to the districtwide spelling bee, schools held bees and these students were the top spellers:
spelling bee winner runner-up
A.P. Hill Elementary Imani Conyers Kiewon Jefferson
J.E.B. Stuart Elementary Jamari Jones Aaron Hargrave
Robert E. Lee Elementary Dionte Mason tie between Kimora Montgomery and Chase Strickland
Walnut Hill Elementary Kaniya Simmons Donte Bailey
Vernon Johns Middle Kiara Peterson Tyasia Pride
Illness and other reasons prevented some school bee winners from participating Jan. 30 in the districtwide bee. Three students competed in the districtwide bee: Kiewon Jefferson for A.P. Hill, Jamari Jones for J.E.B. Stuart and Kaniya Simmons for Walnut Hill. In the 10th round, Jamari correctly spelled bandit and Kaniya misspelled frolic. Jamari’s 11th-round word was buffalo, which he spelled correctly to win the bee.