Rockingham County adults participate in spelling bee to raise money for scholarships

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EDEN, N.C. -- Dozens of people gathered at Morehead High School in Eden Tuesday night to show off their spelling skills.

The school held its Spring Business Spelling Bee.

Money raised from the spelling bee goes towards scholarships for Morehead seniors going to Rockingham Community College.

Rockingham county leaders, teachers, and other professionals participated in the event.

Nine groups of four worked as teams to spell each word.

Each table cost $100.

Organizers of the event say many of the students at RCC are the first in the families to go college and often need extra help paying for school.

"A smaller scholarship like this may be paired with the FASFA and what their family can get, can really just put them over that edge, even if it's just paying for the cost of books," said Joy Toms, director of workforce training and outreach.

"We see this just as a way to support our young students and help them find their way," Toms said.

Rachel Worsham is a college advisor at Morehead.

She says about 40 percent of Morehead graduates go to RCC then off to four-year colleges.

"The hope is that they'll come back to this community that put so much into them," Worsham said.

There’s no word yet on how many students will get the scholarship.

Organizers say the goal of the event was to raise at least $1,000.