Spelling champion donates winnings

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(This story by L.A. Story originally appeared in the Daily Corinthian and appears here with permission.)

A local middle school student demonstrated more than spelling skills when he donated his prize money to the local animal shelter.

Guy Carpenter, 14, the son of Shane and Kim Carpenter of Corinth, won both the Corinth Middle School and Alcorn County Spelling Bees. A prize of $50 had been donated for the first place winner of the Alcorn County bee and the student chose to donate his winnings to the Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter, according to his father.

“He impresses me every day,” said Shane Carpenter, the spelling bee winner’s father.

Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter volunteer director Charlotte Doehner praised the student for his donation.

“I think it shows the quality of the individual that he wanted to donate his winnings to help the homeless animals in Alcorn County. I met him and he is a wonderful young man,” said Doehner.

Founded in August 2011, the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter is a no-kill, non-profit organization that states their mission is “to save the abused, neglected, abandoned and injured animals in Corinth and Alcorn County in Mississippi.” Funded by private donations, the City of Corinth, the City of Farmington and the Alcorn County board of supervisors, the shelter is managed by community leaders, volunteers and staff.

Corinth Middle School Principal Nathan Hall said he was “very excited for Guy.”

Betty Graham CMS Spelling Bee Coordinator, advised that the student won the Alcorn County Spelling Bee on Jan. 23, with the winning word being “churlish.” Carpenter’s next challenge will be the state competition. The Mississippi Spelling Bee is to be held in Jackson, Miss., on March 14.

She said the show will be aired by Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

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