Jake Self, a seventh grader, won Pinnacle Classical Academy's second annual grade 3-8 school spelling bee on March 31.
Alayna Hudson (grade 8) and Lilliana Hunter (grade 4) finished in second and third place in a bee in which Lydia Mendez, Alden Snyder, Evan Gerstenberg, and Anzlee Kilby also competed. The last word misspelled in the 21-round bee was "stoats" (weasel-like animals).
"We are incredibly proud of Jake, as well as the other students who won their classroom bees and grade-level bees," said Dr. Shelly Shope, the school's headmaster.
Pinnacle Classical Academy is a free public charter school (K-12, 1,137 students) located in Shelby.