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Adam Brasher, a sixth-grader at Tabernacle Christian School, won the Jefferson County Spelling Bee recently.

By Melanie Patterson

The North Jefferson News

A student from Morris took top honors recently at the Jefferson County Spelling Bee.

Adam Brasher, a sixth-grader at Tabernacle Christian School, won the contest by correctly spelling the word “interrogative.”

The county-wide spelling bee had 19 contestants and went for 43 rounds. It was for students in grades four through eight.

To make it to the county level, Brasher won the area spelling bee at Snow Rogers Elementary School in January after winning his school spelling bee in the fall.

He also won the Alabama Christian Education Association contest at Tabernacle on Feb. 1.

The 12-year-old now goes to the state spelling bee at the Birmingham Museum of Art on March 8.

Tabernacle teacher Judy Allen is the school’s spelling coordinator.

She said that Brasher’s success is due in large part to the dedication of his mother, Deann Brasher.

The two have spent many hours studying word lists, definitions and learning to correctly pronounce words.

“It was a nightly ritual,” said Allen.

Brasher said that he did well at the county contest because he had memorized hundreds of words.

“I remember what I’ve studied,” he said.

“We just kept drilling and getting them into his head,” said Deann Brasher. She said it also helps that her son reads often.

She attended the county spelling bee and watched her son win.

“I was expecting him to do well, but I knew the competition would be tough,” she said. “We were very pleased and proud of him.”

Among the words that Brasher spelled correctly were: Origami, mootable, segue, ocarina, conquistador, wedel, perestroika, douane, issei and schottische.

Brasher is the son of Brian and Deann Brasher. His brother Joseph is in third grade at Tabernacle.

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