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.
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:
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