Special recognition has been earned by a local 9 year. old from Orangefield.
Griffin Patterson, a fourth grader at Orangefield Elementary won first place in the District University Interscholastic League Spelling Competition on Dec. 6, 2007.
The event was held at West Orange-Stark this year with area schools such as Orangefield, Hamshire-Fannett, West Orange and Bridge City.
Griffin was one of sixteen students in the spelling competition. The reason he deserves “special” congratulations is because not only did he win; he did it with a perfect score! He was required to write 65 words from dictation and was able to do so without misspelling any words.
All students placing in the competition received ribbons and certificates at a school assembly just before the Christmas break, however Griffin Patterson received an additional Award of Merit due to his perfect score.
Many hours of studying are required for any U.I.L. event.With spelling, the students also have to write hundreds of words several times each! Griffin admits he studied and wrote most of his words either in the car on the way home from a baseball tournament or in the truck coming home from the deer lease!
Congratulations Griffin on a job well done!
Also, a special Thank You to his principal, Mr. Larry Haynes and U.I.L. spelling teacher, Kim Fittz for working so hard to encourage and work with ALL of the students involved!

Proud parents are Brigg and Amy Patterson
Grandparents-Jerry and Mary Griffin, Allen and “the late” Linda Patterson