An Enota Elementary student wom the top prize in the Gainesville City School District Spelling Bee Wednesday morning.
Maddux Rifenburg is a fourth grader at Enota and won after successfully spelling "furrows" in the seventh round. He will go on to represent the school system at the Georgia Association of Educators Regional Spelling Bee for Region 2 next month in Marietta. If he succeeds, he will advance to the state spelling bee in March.
First runner-up was Eleanor Mbigi, a fourth grader at New Holland Knowledge Academy; fifth grader Abigail McCall from Gainesville Exploration Academy took home the second runner-up award.
Seven students participated in the spelling bee alongside the winners: Charles Phan, Centennial Arts Academy; Jaylon Hendrix, Fair Street International Academy; Amy Nguyen, Mundy Mill Learning Academy; K'Riya Gardner, Gainesville Middle School. Students ranged in ages from fourth graders to eighth graders.