It took a total of 40 rounds to determine the winners from each of the five grades competing at the annual Fulton County Spelling Bee. The event was held Feb. 6 in a room filled with almost 175 individuals listening to pronouncer Andrea Johnson, Pike-Delta-York Local curriculum director, call out words such as barrage, junco and gardenia.
The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) in Archbold served as the host site for the competition. Forty students from Archbold Local, Evergreen Local, Fayette Local, Pike-Delta-York Local, Pettisville Local, Evergreen Local, Swanton Local, Wauseon Exempted Village and Holy Trinity Catholic schools earned the right to compete.
The overall winners from grades four through eight competed with the hope of advancing to the regional bee in Toledo. The top three finishers for each grade were awarded plaques to commemorate their achievement.
The five winning students have the opportunity to move on to The Blade Northwest Ohio Championship Spelling Bee at Owens Community College on March 10 at 10 a.m.
This year’s spelling bee was sponsored by The Farmers and Merchants State Bank making it possible for the top finishers to receive an engraved plaque. The event was coordinated by Stacey Parrish, education consultant, from the NwOESC.
Area contentests included: Fourth grade, Lissa Roesti, Evergreen; Lyla Carrizales, Swanton; and Zachary Gray, Holy Trinity. Fifth grade, William Miller, Evergreen; Lane Konrad, Swanton; Emma Gill, Holy Trinity.
Sixth grade, Sylvia McDaniel, Swanton; Wyatt Miller, Holy Trinity; Molly Jo Daugherty, Evergreen. Seventh grade, Elliette Sachs, Swanton; Walker Lumbrezer, Holy Trinity; Garrett Gillen, Evergreen. Eighth grade, Gabby Gill, Holy Trinity; Cameron Knott, Swanton; Owen Cromly, Evergreen.
Top 3 Finishers
Winning Word: thermal
First – Alex York – Delta
Second – Zachary Gray – Holy Trinity
Third – Lissa Roesti – Evergreen
Winning Word: geode
First – Emma Gill – Holy Trinity
Second – Chloe Robertson – Wauseon
Third – Caden Bishop – Pettisville
Winning Word: lilac
First – Kyle Hageman – Archbold
Second – Maria Shema – Wauseon
Third – Molly Jo Daugherty – Evergreen
Winning Word: affinity
First – Sydney Hageman – Archbold
Second – Haylee Bronson – Pettisville
Third – Walker Lumbrezer – Holy Trinity
Winning Word: chintz
First – Lyla Heising – Pettisville
Second – Autumn Pelok – Wauseon
Third – Kaiden Keiser – Archbold