Jefferson and Robertsville Middle Schools held their annual spelling bees on Tuesday, January 22. At Jefferson, 8th grader Kevin Young bested Cayce Byrd in the 25th round by correctly spelling deliberately to win the bee. Meanwhile at Robertsville, 7th grader Sophie Sluss and 8th grader Jaden Jones battled for 31 rounds before Sophie correctly spelled manuscript to win the contest. Jaden had previously won the RMS bee as a 6th grader. Noa Duke placed 3rd. Both Sophie and Kevin have qualified to compete in the Southern Appalachia Regional Bee on March 16 at the UT campus in Knoxville. Best of luck to these two students!