Fourth-grader Haley Hathaway wins Johnson City Spelling Bee

From left, Isadora Brown and Haley Hathaway show off their trophies following the competition.PHOTOS BY COLLIN BROOKS

The annual Johnson City Spelling Bee came down to a battle between a pair of fourth-graders. When the dust settled, Haley Hathaway of Woodland Elementary stood tall as the top speller in the city.

Hathaway outdueled Isadora Brown, a fourth-grader from Mountain View Elementary, in the final round. The winning word for Hathaway was “operation.”

Other participants in this year’s spelling bee were Camden Downes of Cherokee Elementary, Blythe Hart of Fairmont Elementary, Sunny Li of Lake Ridge, Serenity Phillips of North Side Elementary, LoLa Lopez of South Side Elementary, Ben Cleveland of Towne Acres Elementary, Shreyas Singh of Indian Trail Intermediate School and Buddy Hart of Liberty Bell Middle School.

Representatives from 10 schools in Johnson City competed in the annual city-wide spelling bee last week. From left, Haley Hathaway (Woodland), LoLa Lopez (South Side), Serenity Phillips (North Side), Shreyas Singh (Indian Trail), Camden Downes (Cherokee), Blythe Hart (Fairmont), Sunny Li (Lake Ridge), Isadora Brown (Mountain View), Ben Cleveland (Towne Acres), Buddy Hart (Liberty Bell). PHOTO BY COLLIN BROOKS

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