Rome City Schools’ best spellers joined educators, family and friends gathered at the Central Office on Tuesday to compete in the school system’s spelling bee.
Students from all elementary schools and Rome Middle School took turns spelling words until the last one was left standing. Mason Cochran, one of the West End student representatives, was named the winner by correctly spelling hilarious.
“The other night, my parents were helping me by giving me words to spell,” said Cochran. “I read a lot and whenever I see words, I just remember them.”
“We are so proud of him and I told him he was going to win,” smiled Steven Cochran, Mason’s father.
Cochran and runner-up, Samuel Metzger from North Heights Elementary, made it to the last round of the spelling bee where they took turns spelling until their counterpart missed a letter. Cochran will represent Rome City Schools in the regional Bee held at Georgia Highlands College later this month. Metzger will serve as alternate in case the winner is unable to compete. Representatives from the other schools include:
- Anna K. Davie – Alexis Hughes and Isaiah Brown (alternate)
- East Central – Audrey Claire Loveman and Hannah Huynh (alternate)
- Elm Street – Camdyn Connell and Hannah Stendalen (alternate)
- North Heights – Jayce Donaldson and Samuel Metzger (alternate)
- West Central – Jaziah Mathis and Luna Prieto (alternate)
- West End – Abbie Thornton and Mason Cochran (alternate)
- Rome Middle School – Lauren Cornwell and Jakiya Strozier (alternate)
Rome High School’s 2019 Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and STAR Students and Teachers were announced Tuesday.
Nigara Nizamidan was named Valedictorian for the class of 2019 and Caroline Young will serve as Salutatorian for a class that both said was extremely competitive.
“This feels really amazing,” said Nizamidan. “Our class is crazy smart, so that is why I am so honored. There was a lot of studying involved, a lot of preparation, a lot of study groups and hard work. My parents were also a huge part of my success. They have always told me that there was nothing I could not achieve. They always set the bar very high. They told me that to get what I wanted from an education was all up to me and was a direct result of how much I wanted to learn.”
Young had similar thoughts about being named Salutatorian of the class of 2019. “It feels really good to have the work I have done here at Rome High School validated,” Young smiled. “Our class is super-competitive and everyone is so smart. After all of the long nights of studying, it is nice to have it all pay off.”
Rome High also announced the STAR Students and Teachers for 2019.
- Nigara Nizamidan – STAR Teacher: Sarah Brown, CPA Physics and Astronomy
- Sophie Sebuh – STAR Teacher: Eli Jackson, AP Human Geography and World History
- Brianna Cadle – STAR Teacher: Randy Stafford, AP Physics and Computer Science
Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Adult Education program is accepting students for spring classes in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker and Whitfield counties.
Adults seeking to improve educational skills, earn a GED credential, prepare for college entrance or learn English as a second language are encouraged to enroll in free classes that are open to individuals 16 years old and over. Interested adults should contact the learning center in their county of residence or contact GNTC’s Adult Education program via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Class times vary by location and morning, afternoon and evening classes are available. Online learning options are also available.
The Adult Learning Centers in Georgia Northwestern’s nine county service area are:
- Chattooga County: Chattooga Adult Learning Center, 152 Senior Drive, Summerville, Ga. 30747, (706) 857-0771
- Floyd County: Floyd County Campus Adult Education Center, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Ga. 30161, (706) 295-6917
- Language and Literacy Center: Rome/Floyd Library, 205 Riverside Parkway, Rome, Ga. 30161, (706) 295-6917
- Gordon County: Gordon County Campus Adult Education Center, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, 1151 Highway 53 Spur, Calhoun, Ga. 30701, (706) 624-1111
- Polk County: Polk County Campus Adult Education Center, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, 466 Brock Road, Rockmart, Ga. 30153, (770) 684-7521
For more information about GNTC’s Adult Education program, visit the website http://www.gntc.edu/community/adult-literacy-and-ged/.
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