How Do You Spell Winners? Deputy Helps Student With His Tie Before Spelling Bee

February 4, 2022

Thursday was a big day for Flomaton Elementary School sixth grader Caleb Ware.

It was the county spelling bee, and Caleb wanted to look his very best. He had the shoes, the nice white dress shirt, and the tie. But those tie Windsor knots…those are tough.

Enter the school resource officer, Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s deputy Randall Gulley and his Windsor knot tie-tying skills. Some over, under, through, around, or something like that. There are 11 steps; we looked that up. Or maybe the deputy tied a half-Windsor knot. That has nine steps, so it’s not really half.

Regardless of the knot, it had that sharp classic look, and it gave Caleb confidence as he competed in the county spelling bee.

Caleb knocked it out of the park. He went 12 rounds and finished as first runner-up.

In the picture with his trophy, you can see that tie with the great knot. It’s hard to notice though because of that big smile. A big confident smile.

The next word is winners.

Used in a sentence?

Caleb and Officer Gulley were both winners Thursday in the spelling bee.

Winners. W-i-n-n-e-r-s.  Real winners.


16 Responses to “How Do You Spell Winners? Deputy Helps Student With His Tie Before Spelling Bee”

  1. JoAnn on February 8th, 2022 4:24 pm

    Congratulations Caleb!

    That takes a lot of work to prepare for, and you should be SO PROUD OF YOURSELF! Keep up the good work, and you will go far!

    Always strive to be the best you can be, and you’ll never second guess yourself!

  2. Lauren on February 5th, 2022 10:27 am

    You’re awesome, Caleb!

  3. Arlene Walsh on February 5th, 2022 10:17 am

    Way to go young man. May this be the first chapter in your book of life. I wish
    you well in all your school endeavors. And a big thank you to Officer Gulley for
    helping you look so sharp.

  4. Harold Walnuti on February 5th, 2022 9:47 am

    Get it Caleb! Officer Gulley, he’ll remember this moment forever. I was raised without a father (not saying that is what is happening here) but I can tell you every single person that has ever helped with me with a tie. You become a part of an elite group of men that he will call upon when he needs advice (probably uncles, grandpa, etc., now Officer). I love seeing stories like this.

  5. Me.... on February 4th, 2022 5:32 pm

    Great story, NE!
    Congrats to Caleb! What an accomplishment! And LOOK at your beautiful SMILE! Keep up the good work, Caleb! I pray you go far in life!
    Officer Gulley…..THANK YOU for your service to this county and to our young ones!

  6. William Reynolds on February 4th, 2022 4:12 pm

    “Like everyone else, wish this was the type of news we saw all the time.”

    It’s harder to find good, uplifting stories like this. When you see something that’s local to the North Escambia area, send us an email

  7. Cathy on February 4th, 2022 10:40 am

    A beautiful moment!

  8. Swampfox on February 4th, 2022 10:07 am

    Great job Caleb! Reach for the stars !

  9. Bama89 on February 4th, 2022 9:05 am

    What an awesome story!!!
    It is sad though that we have to have these tiny moments captured to show us that police are people too, with all the police brutality, and even a story here on NE about a police officer arrested on drug charges, and then on child endangerment charges. Also,I think we remember the NE story not too long ago about the officer posting his racists remarks online. I’m glad we can see that not all police are the same.

  10. HAPPY ANGEL on February 4th, 2022 8:43 am


  11. Willene Bryan on February 4th, 2022 8:26 am

    Congratulations Caleb and thank you Officer Gulley for helping this young man.

  12. Just saying on February 4th, 2022 8:03 am

    Like everyone else, wish this was the type of news we saw all the time.
    Good Job to both the young and younger man.

  13. Angi on February 4th, 2022 7:41 am

    Congratulations, Caleb!

  14. Honest John on February 4th, 2022 7:12 am

    It would be so nice if we had stories like this every day. Congratulations Caleb and special thanks to deputy Randall Gulley. As stated they are both real winners.

  15. Mrs.Ellis on February 4th, 2022 7:03 am

    Congratulations, Caleb Ware!
    That’s quite an achievement and shows everyone you are a very capable young man. I hope EVERY year a post like this is made telling of more accomplishments.

    Not to forget Officer Gulley, a high five to you sir for putting kindness on the forefront! It may have seemed an inconsequential act to some but you knew how kindness can make a difference. Thank you for your example.

  16. Mel on February 4th, 2022 5:37 am

    Congratulations Caleb Great Job and looking very sharp. I’m glad Officer Gulley could help you with the tie, no worries most grown men don’t know how.

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