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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.