Students from the Crawford County school districts will bring their spelling skills together for the Crawford County Spelling at 7 p.m. at the Galion Middle School Jan. 14. Each district will send students from grades four through eight to the competition.
Galion students have been preparing for the competition through a variety of spelling exercises. The first 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 – Ben Rinehart, Autumn Clark and Wyatt Estep; Fifth grade – Emma Von Der Hofen, William Yocum and Maddie Engler; Sixth grade – Regin Kuehlman, Grayden Pierce and Brooke Kelly; Seventh grade – Marley Adams, Grace Murphy and Hannah Daniels; Eighth grade – Caleb Strack, Andrew Dunn and Kodin West.
Following grade-level spelling tests, students were given a district-wide spelling test. From this competition, six Galion students have received invitations to compete in the Crawford County Spelling Bee at GMS Jan. 14. Ben Rinehart (fourth grade), Emma Von Der Hofen (fifth grade), Regin Kuehlman (sixth grade), Hannah Daniels (seventh grade), Marley Adams (seventh grade) and Caleb Strack (eighth grade) were selected to represent the district. Regin Kuehlman and Emma Von Der Hofen were also selected to represent Galion in the Scripps Online Spelling Bee, which serves as the first step in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.
“Congratulations to all students in the Galion Intermediate and Middle Schools who performed well in the initial round of spelling tests,” Gifted Coordinator Leanna Giesige said. “Moving into higher spelling bee competitions requires students to move from memorizing a list to learning the rules behind spelling.”
The top twelve finishers in the Crawford County Spelling Bee will advance to the Tri-County Spelling Bee at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center in Mansfield Feb. 11.
“I want to commend our students for their great performance in the various spelling bee exercises and competitions,” Superintendent Jim Grubbs said. “I am excited to see how the district’s County Spelling Bee representatives perform against students from the other Crawford County school district.”