Twenty-six students from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Cherokee Bend Elementary School qualified during preliminary rounds to compete in the school’s spelling bee championship.
Sixth grader Will Forbus and fifth graders Zachary Shunnarah and Samson Sands were the only students remaining in the ninth round.
During that round, Shunnarah won the bee by spelling “Camelot.” Forbus was first runner-up by spelling the word “romaine.”
Cherokee Bend fourth, fifth and sixth graders also qualified to participate in the school’s 2011 National Geography Bee. The champion was sixth grader Will Carothers.
Will Forbus was second, and John Galloway was third.