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Burruss Elementary Students Win District Reading Bowl, Head to Regional Competition


Students from eight elementary schools competed in the annual Marietta City Schools Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, January 18 at the Marietta Performing Arts Center.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a rigorous reading competition in game format created by former Dekalb County media specialist Helen Ruffin as a way to use books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage students to read.  Teams from different schools compete to quiz their knowledge on the selected books.

Today Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state of Georgia.

This year’s MCS Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Winners include:

1st Place – AL Burruss Elementary

2nd Place – Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA)

3rd Place – West Side Elementary

The top two teams, A.L. Burruss and MCAA will compete in the regional competition on Saturday, February 9 at the University of West Georgia. The top two winners of the regional competition will advance to the divisional competition, and the winning teams from the divisional bowls will meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March to compete in the state finals.

Marietta Students Compete in Annual District Spelling Bee

Marietta City Schools hosted its annual Spelling Bee Friday, January 11 at the MCS Administrative Offices. Students from each MCS elementary school, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy and Marietta Middle School competed for an opportunity to represent the district at the District 2 spelling competition. This year, the Cobb County Association of Educators sponsored the event.  

Drumroll Please……The winning word was amnesia!


Emmanuel Cooper, a 5th-grade student at Dunleith Elementary spelled the winning word correctly, and Charlotte Common, a 5th-grade student at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics placed as the runner up.

Throughout the school year, schools across the district have hosted school-level spelling bees.

The school-level winners advanced to the district spelling bee. School-level winners who competed in the district spelling bee included:

A.L. Burruss Elementary: Lillian Burkhead

Dunleith Elementary: Emmanuel Cooper (District – Winner)

Hickory Hills Elementary: Roman Crider

Lockheed Elementary: Jordyn Simpson

Park Street Elementary: Aryianna Griffin

Sawyer Road Elementary: Imani McIntyre

West Side Elementary: Chloe Herrero (District – 5th Place)

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics: Charlotte Common (District – Runner Up)

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy: David King (District – 4th Place)

Marietta Middle School: Summit Troutman (District – 3rd Place)


“We are appreciative of the Cobb County Association of Educators who planned and led the MCS district spelling bee this year,” said Jennifer Hernandez, Executive Director of Academic Achievement. “Events like this give students the opportunity to represent their schools while also gaining competency in spelling and vocabulary that positively impacts all subject areas.”

The objectives of the MCS Spelling Bee are to help students spell quickly and accurately; to promote students’ correct word usage in meaningful activities; to help students learn to compete; and to provide an environment to promote students’ self-esteem, character development, and sportsmanship.