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MOESC Announces County Spelling Bee Winners

Craig Geiger (left) and Cohen Pierce (right), both of Galion Middle School, winner and runner-up of the Crawford/Morrow Spelling Bee

Danica Staats, from Lexington, winner of the Richland County Spelling Bee

Iris Prifti, from Lexington, runner-up of the Richland County Spelling Bee

The 2021 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place a little differently this year, including transitioning the format to a virtual setting in order to abide by social distancing protocols. The students and coaches from 14 districts adapted well to the virtual format making the bees a great success. 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 Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m. Participating schools were Highland Local Schools, Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools, Northmor Local School District, Crestline Exempted Village School District, and Galion City Schools.

Galion was the big winner for the Crawford/Morrow Bee with Craig G, an 8th grader, winning by spelling the word “reminiscent.” Galion 8th grader Cohen P was the runner-up.

The Richland County Spelling Bee was held Thursday, January 21st at 10:00 a.m. The districts participating were Lexington Local Schools, Mansfield City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Lucas Local School District, Crestview Local School District, Plymouth Shiloh Local School District, St. Peter’s School, and Ontario Local Schools.

The winner was Danica S, a sixth grader from Lexington. The runner-up was Iris P, a seventh grader also from Lexington. Danica and Iris competed head-to-head for seven rounds before Danica was named the champion after correctly spelling the word “parody.”

Every speller received a certificate, and the champion received a plaque and the runner-up a medal. All certificates and awards were provided by the Mansfield News Journal, the sponsor of the bees. The top 12 qualifiers are invited to participate in the Tri-County Spelling Bee held on Thursday, February 18th at 10 a.m. This will be a virtual event as well.

Leah Barger, the spelling bee coordinator for Mid-Ohio ESC, said she appreciates all of the districts’ participating 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 also 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!”