While the winter season may bring snow and colder temperatures, it also brings the start of the spelling bee "season" for students across the country. Since December, Bucyrus Elementary and Middle School students have been exercising their spelling bee skills with several goals in mind.
The first exercise was a spelling test given to students in grades four through eight in the district. The top spellers in each grade level were recognized in their respective building. The top spellers in each grade level included: Fourth Grade - Jake Hamm, Treyvon Griggs and Allison Fraser; Fifth Grade - Travis Layton, Natalie Spitler, Karmyn Blizzard, Natalie Stover, Solomon Singer and Ashley Davis; Sixth Grade - Madelyn Williams, Hailey Massey and Alex Wion; Seventh Grade - Taylor Patterson, Olivia Harmon and Maryanne Stander; Eighth Grade - Logan Carman, Tyler Rittenhour and Caleb Johnson.
Following a district-wide spelling test, the top six Bucyrus students were invited to compete in the Crawford County Spelling Bee at Crestline High School Jan. 14. Caleb Johnson (eighth grade), Alex Wion (sixth grade), Ashley Davis (fifth grade), Logan Carman (eighth grade), Maryann Stander (seventh grade) and Olivia Harmon (seventh grade) were selected to represent the district in the County Spelling Bee. Caleb Johnson was also selected to represent Bucyrus in the Scripps Online Spelling Bee, which serves as the first step in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.
"This new format for the spelling bee competition is a major change from the past," Gifted Coordinator Leanna Giesige said. "We used to hold a city-wide spelling bee to determine a City Champion. Now we are giving the students the opportunity to compete against other students from the county school districts, with the top twelve performers in the Crawford Spelling Bee advancing to the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Tri-County Spelling Bee."
Alex Wion and Ashley Davis were the top Bucyrus City School District finishers in the Crawford County Spelling Bee and will advance to the Tri-County Spelling Bee. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center in Mansfield Feb. 5.
"I want to commend all of our students for their fantastic performance in the various spelling bee competitions,"Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. "We are fortunate to be able to have this wonderful program for our students, and I am excited to see how the district’s Tri-County Spelling Bee representatives perform against students from the region. I speak for the entire district when I say good luck to Alex and Ashley!"
To learn more about the spelling bee program in the Bucyrus City School District, contact Leanna Giesige at email@example.com.