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Pleasants Lane Elementary student wins spelling bee

Pleasants Lane Elementary third-grader Cydnee KyserPegram won the 2019 spelling bee of Petersburg City Public Schools. The daughter of Carlette and Aaron KyserPegram, Cydnee will represent Petersburg in the regional spelling bee March 9 at the Library of Virginia. Cool Spring Elementary second-grader Camden Shaw was the runner-up in the Petersburg bee; she is the daughter of Rickayla Wilson and Brandon Shaw Sr.

Click here to see photos from the spelling bee.

Held Jan. 22, the district bee went back and forth between Cydnee and Camden for a few rounds. In round 5, Cydnee misspelled “cushy,” then Camden misspelled “errand.” In round 6, Cydnee missed “dissect” and Camden missed “glitz.” In round 7, Cydnee correctly spelled “polka,” then Camden missed “gnat.” Cydnee’s eighth-round word was “tattle,” which she spelled correctly to win the districtwide bee.

Leading up to the districtwide spelling bee, Petersburg schools held bees and these students were the 
top spellers at their schools:

                                                                           winner                           runner-up

Cool Spring Elementary              Camden Shaw                  TyJuan Taylor

Lakemont Elementary                 Janea Johnson                  Amaya Hanks

Pleasants Lane Elementary        Cydnee KyserPegram       Kameron Brown

Walnut Hill Elementary              Ibrahim Murdock             Peyton Allison

Vernon Johns Middle                   Marcus Harris                  Pharrell Brown