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First Coast Spelling Bee champ took lengthy street to title

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sam Evans thought his remaining shot at competing within the Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee may need ended earlier than it started.

“I simply moved right here from South Florida about 5 months in the past. It’s an excellent place. I actually prefer it,” the eighth grader mentioned simply minutes after successful the 2022 First Coast Spelling Bee.

Evans and his mother and father have been heartbroken to be taught their new dwelling of St. Johns County had already carried out its spelling bee. That’s when the Evanses known as News4JAX in search of assist. The Native Station reached out to the opposite 13 native counties that had not but topped a county champion to see if they might permit the homeschooled pupil to participate of their bee.

14 native county spellilng be champions compete within the 2022 First Coast Spelling Bee.

Union County welcomed him with open arms. Evans gained that county bee. His successful phrase was “Richter scale”. That led him to Friday’s First Coast Spelling Bee, hosted just about by WJXT-Channel 4. The winner would qualify to characterize Northeast Florida within the nationwide finals.


“I’ve competed at regionals for a very long time now. I simply had enjoyable this yr,” Evans mentioned.

The enjoyable continued when he outlasted the 13 different native county champions to be topped because the 2022 First Coast Spelling Bee champion, sending him to the Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. this Might.

His successful phrase: inhabitants.

“I used to be simply completely happy that I knew it,” Evans mentioned.

Evans has been competing in spelling competitions for 5 years. As an eighth grader, this is able to be his final likelihood to qualify for the nationals, because the competitors is for elementary and center college college students. “I’ve been desirous to go for a protracted, very long time now. So, like, it’s simply gonna be an excellent alternative to only be there. Be round all these different spellers and we’ll see what occurs,” he mentioned.

2022 First Coast Spelling Bee Finalists

– Kaleb Hilliard

fifth grade

Nassau Co.

– Alexander Murnahan

sixth grade

Bradford Co.

– Addison Webb

eighth grade

Suwannee Co.

– Cindy Kim

eighth grade


Columbia Co.

– Samuel Evans

eighth grade

Union Co.

– Spence Edelstein


Flagler Co.

– Kaitlynn Wilson

sixth grade

Putnam Co.

– Jeevan George

fifth grade

Alachua Co.

– Rena Reddish

seventh grade

Clay Co.

– Marvin Mattair

eighth grade

Madison Co.

– Ernest Quesada

seventh grade

Duval Co.

– Deeksha Hariharan

sixth grade

St. Johns Co.

– Kaylyn Murphy

sixth grade

Hamilton Co.

– Dallas Norman

seventh grade

Baker Co.

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