Best speller

Valerie Newton Special to the Journal

May 3, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County has a new spelling champion.

After what seemed like the careful spelling of more than 100 tricky and difficult words on Thursday, Sarah Bladwin came out on top as the winner of the 2014 Sampson-Bladen Oil/Bladen County Schools county-level spelling bee.

Baldwin, a student at Clarkton School of Discovery, earned the title by correctly spelling the word “poinsettia.”

And she had good reason for knowing that word. She said her grandfather grows poinsettias on his farm and that she knew she’d better spell the word correctly.

For finishing first, Baldwin earned herself $100, a certificate and trophy.

Alana Tatum, a student at Tar Heel Middle School, took second place and earned $75.

Third place went to Ashley Aguilar, a student at Clarkton School of Discovery, who earned $50.

Honorable mention participants included: Hunter Cimbalo and Esmerelda Mendoza from Bladenboro Middle School; Lataiya Daniels and Kamiyah Lacewell from East Arcadia School; and Taylor Buffkin from Tar Heel Middle School.