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Every time Clayton Fields stepped up to the microphone Thursday night, a smile spread across his face.
And every time Clayton stepped up to spell a word, he got it right.
Clayton, a fourth-grader at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, said his positive attitude at the Anderson County Championship Spelling Bee was part of the reason he ultimately became the champion.
“It definitely helped,” he said while smiling.
Clayton’s winning word was “benefactor,” and he spelled it correctly, loud and proud.
After being announced the winner, Clayton jumped up and down in excitement.
“I’m very excited,” he said after accepting his trophy and $100 prize.
But don’t expect Clayton to drop that cash on spelling books — even though he’ll soon be prepping for the state competition. He’s already set that money aside for another hobby: fishing.
Clayton was one of the youngest competitors in the spelling bee, but that didn’t stop him.
The Championship Spelling Bee, sponsored by Anderson County Farm Bureau, puts fourth- through eighth-graders against each other in a battle of the words. Dinner was provided by the Cattlemen’s Association.
In about 45 minutes, Clayton had made his way through the competition.
Other winners include Rachel Quire, fourth place, sixth grade, Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg; Brooklyn Carpenter, third place, fifth grade, Christian Academy; and Brooke Tindall, second place, eighth grade, Anderson County Middle School.