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The 2022 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place virtually this year in the same manner as in 2021. The format of the virtual bees was very similar to a typical bee where each student had the opportunity to spell a word in each round until a champion and runner-up were crowned. The county bees have remained virtual; however, students will be invited back to Mid-Ohio ESC for the Tri-County Spelling Bee February 10th.
The Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 13th. Twenty-eight students competed to be named champion of the bee. The bee lasted 14 rounds until a champion and runner-up could be determined. Kaylynne Bralow, a sixth grader at Cardington-Lincoln Schools, became champion by spelling the word “petroglyphs.” The runner-up was Highland Local Schools eighth grader Jeremiah Brown.
The Richland County Bee took place on Thursday, January 20th. Fifty-eight students competed to be named champion of the bee. The bee lasted 2.5 hours until a champion and runner-up could be determined. The final two spellers went head-to-head for the championship and spelled for an additional five rounds until Ontario 8th grader Em Henderson won by spelling the word “queue.” The runner-up was Iris P., an 8th grader from Lexington Local Schools.
Every speller in both bees received a certificate. Trophies for the champions and runners-up will be presented at the Tri-County Spelling Bee. All certificates and awards were provided by the Mansfield News Journal, the sponsor of the bees. The top student spellers from each bee have been invited to participate in the Tri-County Spelling Bee which will be held at Mid-Ohio ESC Thursday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m.
Leah Barger, the spelling bee coordinator for Mid-Ohio ESC, said she appreciates all of the districts that participate in the spelling bees and for their continued support of Mid-Ohio’s student events. “It is our hope that these spelling bee competitions are exciting for the student participants and give students the opportunity to showcase and improve their vocabulary and spelling skills while also boosting their confidence, communication, and public-speaking skills. All of the participants did a wonderful job and we are looking forward to hosting the top spellers at the Tri-County Spelling Bee in February!”
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