It’s fitting that White Hall Taylor Elementary School student Trevor Dady was assigned the word “diadem” at Thursday night’s grades four to eight Jefferson County Spelling Bee at the Arkansas River Education Services Cooperative in Pine Bluff.
A diadem is an ornamental, cloth headband worn to signify authority, and when Dady correctly spelled “diadem” and a followup word “photogenic,” he wound up taking the competition crown in a single round by edging out the Pine Bluff School District’s Bray’lon Hopkins and Ridgway Christian School’s Tristen Pierson.
Trevor — accompanied Thursday night by his parents, Robert and Sonya Dady; older brother, Justin Dady; and grandparents, J.R. and Madeline Stinnett — will represent the county in the state spelling bee at Conway in March. The state contest is to be televised live by the Arkansas Educational Television System.
“I was kinda confident that I would win,” a relaxed Trevor said after receiving his trophy and assorted prizes. He admitted, however, that he didn’t expect such a quick victory.
Asked if there might be a reason behind his success as a speller, the fifth-grader credited his teachers — Kristen Bumpass, Dorothy Pollett and Kayla Sherlin — along with his appreciation of reading and writing. He said he favors “action, adventure and fantasy” stories in both reading and writing.
ARESC’s staff is becoming familiar with Trevor, who last year placed fourth in the county spelling bee and took a district chess title in a tournament there. A Gifted and Talented Education Program participant at Taylor, Trevor said he enjoys playing soccer and basketball and challenging Justin in video games.
There’s a strong possibility that he’ll be cashing in some gifts cards he won on additional games, Trevor said.
Questioned about his possible preparations for the state spelling bee, the youngster again exhibited confidence, saying he’s “ready” for the event and eager to learn what loot might await its champion.