Matthew Phillips Named Top Speller in County Again

Matthew Phillips2016 WinnersSpelling Bee ContestantsTom, Matthew, Hanna, and Sharon Phillips

Last night, Anderson County High School hosted the annual Anderson County District Spelling Bee where Matthew Phillips once again was named top speller in the county.  Competing against 15 other participants from the three county elementary schools, middle school, and the Christian Academy, Matthew won the competition this year in only 13 rounds.

Matthew, who is now in the eighth grade at ACMS, has been preparing and competing in spelling bees since the second grade.  From fourth grade and onward, he was the top speller in his class.  He took runner-up in the district bee two years ago and won last year’s bee after a staggering 38 rounds.

His parents, Tom and Sharon, along with his sister Hanna, help him prepare through the year.  They coach him and give him words to spell as practice during the times between competitions.  “He just loves doing it,” Sharon said.  Matthew will continue onward to the state competitions in Louisville.

Along with Matthew, three others from ACMS placed in the competition including Sophie Grigsby who won second place, Knox Garland won third, and Kaitlyn Thompson won fourth.  All received cash prizes from Kentucky Farm Bureau and all competitors enjoyed a meal provided by the Cattlemen’s Association.

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