Nervous, shocked, and extremely happy are just some of the words Caleb Strack used to describe how he was feeling as he correctly spelled the word, “extrapolate’ to win the Crawford County Spelling Bee at Galion Middle School Thursday evening.
“I was so excited. I couldn’t believe I made it to the end,” said Strack, who is an eighth grader at the school.
Strack said he reads a lot which helps him with spelling.
“I also made lists of words and put them in the computer. I tested myself on them over and over again,” said Strack of his preparations for the spelling bee.
Alex Wion took second place in the contest when she failed to spell linguistically correctly.
“I really like reading and language,” said Wion, a seventh grader at Bucyrus Secondary School.
Wion and Strack will compete at the Tri-County Spelling Bee at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center along with 10 other students that made the top 12 in the county bee. Those 12 students include Allison Fraser, Macie Dicus, Hope Sharp, Cassandra Kurek, Jayleen Spaulding, Max Phillips, Gunner Hofer, Malia Posey, Marley Adams and Regin Kuehlman.
Schools competing in the event included Buckeye Central, Galion City, Colonel Crawford, Wynford, Bucyrus City, Crestline Exempted Village and St. Bernard.
Wynford eighth grader Madison Wagner competed in the contest.
“Participating in the spelling bee raises my academic level and helps me with my classes. I can write essays better,” Wagner said before the contest began.
Coordinators for the event were Leanna Giesige and Jenny Pennell while the pronouncer for the evening was John Massara, director of student services for Bucyrus City Schools. Judges included William Crawford Intermediate principal April Bond, Buckeye Central reading teacher Amy Frederick, Cheryl Jason, student support service specialist at Galion Intermediate School and Pennell.