NASHVILLE - A clear winner was narrowed from the field of more than two dozen competitors in only five rounds at the 2015 Howard County Spelling Bee Friday afternoon.
Barrett Jackson, who has won the competition for the fourth time, was the last standing after correctly spelling "jaguar". Jackson, an eighth grader, will go on to represent Howard County at the state spelling bee. The Arkansas State Spelling Bee will be held February 28 in Reynolds Auditorium on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway.
This will be Jackson's last year of elegibility to compete, as the contest is open only to fourth through eighth graders. In Howard County only Nashville and Mineral Springs schools participate in the competition.
The field of competitors had been narrowed to a third of the initial entrants by the end of the second round, and cut further down to the three finalists after the third round.
Pictured above: Howard County's top spellers, Maria Hernandez an eighth grader from Mineral Springs, Barrett Jackson, eighth grade and Chloe Wakley, sixth grade from Nashville were the three finalists at the 2015 Howard County Spelling Bee Friday.