2014-2015 Events


4th Annual Spelling Bee

     “Academics in Action” again provided the educational tone for the evening of Monday, December

15, 2014, at 6:00 pm in Bonner Middle School’s Commons, at Bonner’s 4rd Annual Spelling Bee. Ten

contestants representing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams competed for the honor of the school’s top speller.

Principal Daphne Wall graciously greeted the assembly and introduced the Judges: School Board

Member, Steven Gould; Director of Student Services, Andy Thacker; Bonner Librarian, Laura Sadler; and

Coordinator of Student Services, Robin Owens. Ms. Lisa Totten, Bonner Assistant Principal, served as

Pronouncer; and Mr. Raymond Smith, Bonner Assistant Principal assumed the Master of Ceremonies

responsibility and introduced the spellers after reading an overview of rules and guidelines to the

audience. As the students competed, cautiously spelling each word letter-by-letter, the spectators’

suspense quietly escalated until the deafening silence burst into an explosion of applause as 6th grade

AG Paints’ representative, Lane Ensminger, from Helen Burchell’s English class, won the Spelling Bee.

The 2nd place winner was 6th grade student, Giavana Mullins, from Channon Loubriel’s English class,

representing the Blazers’ team. During the last ten minutes of the Bee, Lane and Giavana spelled head-

to-head, first one then the other, until Lane finally captured the winner’s title in this well-matched spelling

battle. The 1st place winner, Lane Ensminger, received a $50.00 gift card from Walmart, as well as, the

honor of being the school’s top speller; the 2nd place winner, Giavana Mullins, received a $25.00

Walmart gift card. Both Lane and Giavana will advance to the City-wide Spelling Bee competition

representing O. T. Bonner Middle School at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Averett University’s

Blount Chapel.


     As we celebrate Lane and Giavana’s academic success, we would be amiss not to acknowledge

that twenty-four additional students demonstrated their academic excellence in spelling by qualifying as

competing contestants and alternates from among the remaining students in their grade levels. Our

congratulations are extended to all of our Bonner students who demonstrated their spelling excellence

throughout “Academics in Action.”