2021 Spelling Bee Winners Announced!

Some arrived anxious and some arrived excited but all arrived well-prepared! Twenty students from Cross Lanes Christian School took one last look at their word lists, gathered in the school’s multipurpose room before teachers and classmates, and put their memorization skills to the test at the school-wide spelling bee held November 18. The top 4 BEE winners in grades 4th- 8th participated.

Grade specific participants in this year’s Class Spelling Bee:

4th Grade:  Landry Burgess, Amos Ghareeb, Shaelyn Lovejoy, Cole Thomas

5th Grade:  Braxton Blake, Weston Brown, Brayden Campbell, Elias Turner

6th Grade:  Julianne Humphreys, Lucas Massey, Evie Walker, Isaiah Webb

7th Grade:  Stephen Clark, Grace Foster, Grady Johnson, Elliana McFarland

8th Grade:  Owen Brown, Nickolai Clark, Isaiah McFarland, Caleb Parsons

Congratulations to Owen Brown, 8th grade, for placing 1st in the BEE.  Owen will move on to represent CLCS in the Kanawha County BEE at South Charleston High School on Saturday January 22, 2022.  

Our 2nd place school wide BEE winner, and alternate in case Owen is unable to attend the county bee, was Evie Walker, 6th grade.

Congratulations to both!  

This year we were excited to welcome on campus our Spelling Bee Word Pronouncer, Toney Stroud, Corporate Attorney for Encova.

Toney Stroud works as an attorney in the corporate legal department at Encova Insurance.  In this role, Stroud oversees the company’s outside litigation, mediates cases across the country, and provides legal support to the claims and underwriting departments.  He frequently speaks at seminars across the country related to workers’ compensation and insurance related matters.  Prior to joining Encova in 2013, Stroud was a partner in the labor and employment department of Steptoe & Johnson where he focused his career on the defense of workers’ compensation claims, occupational disease claims, black lung claims and employment litigation.  Stroud is very active in the community, serving on the Boards of St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, Leadership West Virginia, United Way of the River Cities and Education Alliance.  He is currently Chairman of the Board and Interim President and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Stroud was appointed to the Marshall University Board of Governors by Governor Justice in 2019 and serves as a member of the Board’s executive committee.  He received his BBA from Marshall University in 1998 and a JD from the West Virginia College of Law in 1998.  Toney, thank you for agreeing to be this years 2021-22 CLCS School Bee Pronouncer! 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2021 CLCS School Wide BEE and a special THANK YOU to Mrs. Terri McCormick for organizing the event!

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