Richard Navarro Wins Spelling Bee

Habersham Co. - South Habersham Middle School's Richard Navarro was recently titled the Habersham County 2020 Scripps Spelling Bee winner. 

The System Spelling Bee is an annual event and was held in the Habersham Central Performing Arts Center this past Wednesday, January 8th. 

Superintendent Matthew Cooper tells WCHM that a total of 11 students competed in the system spelling bee. 

“The 11 participants were the school winners from our 8 elementary schools and 3 middle schools. Students in grades 4-8 were represented in the system bee,” Cooper says.

Navarro will be able to advance to the region competition. “Region winners would then move on to the state spelling bee,” Cooper says. “The state winner would be represented in the national spelling bee.”

“The system spelling bee is one of my favorite events of the school year,” Cooper tells WCHM. 

Cooper continues by saying “As superintendent, I recognize that there is a direct correlation between the spelling bee and literacy.  Students who can spell are also good readers.  Other than safety, there is nothing more important to our students than literacy. Being able to read, write, and communicate is the key to a student's success in school and in life.” 

Cooper showed his support and excitement for Navarro, saying “I am very proud of South Habersham Middle School student Richard Navarro for being our 2019 system spelling bee winner. Richard will represent our school system well at the region competition.”

Volunteers for Literacy took to social media to show their support by stating they are “proud to sponsor the Scripps Spelling Bee along with Georgia Power, Habersham County Schools and the Habersham Association of Educators!!”

Photo provided by Volunteers for Literacy Facebook