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Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Sixteen Allen County Schools were represented at the 35th annual Allen County Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 24, 2024. The bee was sponsored by the Allen County Educational Service Center and The Ohio State University Lima. Mike Miller was the pronouncer.  It was hosted at The Ohio State University Lima.  The Allen County ESC is most grateful for this comfortable setting and conducive environment to conduct the bee.

All spellers received certificates and participant trophies.  The champion was presented with a $100 gift card. 1st Runner-up received a $75 gift card.  2nd Runner-up received a $50 gift card.  All three were given striking acrylic trophies to commemorate their accomplishment, thanks to The Ohio State University Lima sponsor.

Participation in a spelling bee increases a student's vocabulary, spelling skills, learning concepts and helps to develop correct English usage. Scripp's Howard has a rich website full of lists of words along with appropriate challenges to help our young spellers develop these academic skills.  Vocabulary knowledge is foundational to all other academic content areas so it is a valuable skill to develop.
 Champion Speller this year was Nathan Warner - St. Gerard Catholic School
1st Runner-Up was Bay Petree  - Bath Elementary Schooll
 2nd Runner-Up was Ope Balogun
 - Shawnee Middle School
We are proud to know we have so many good spellers in Allen County!

More About the Spelling Bee

The 2023-2024 Spelling Bee is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at The Ohio State University at Lima.  Calamity date is Saturday, March 2, 2024.

For a taste of the National Spelling Bee, you may want to watch a documentary, "The Rise of the Spelling Bee."  It is approximately 20 minutes long.  It captures the essence of the spelling bee experience.

Thank you for this tip to the family of Alotus Wei, a three time champion of the Allen County Spelling Bee, and participant in the National Spelling Bee, as they continue to support and encourage all who participate in the spelling bee!