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Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Twelve Allen County Schools were represented at the 32ndt annual Allen County Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The bee was hosted and sponsored by the Allen County Educational Service Center, and the excellent pronouncing skills of Mike Miller.  It was conducted at Shawnee Middle School.  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 our OSU-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 Meldoy Gallaspie - Elida Middle School
 1st Runner-Up was Vy Dang- Perry Junior High School
 2nd Runner-Up was 
Nathaniel Bontrager - Spencerville Middle School

We are proud to know we have so many good spellers in Allen County!

More About the Spelling Bee

The 2021-2022 Allen County Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.  Location to be determined.

For a taste of the National Spelling Bee, you may want to watch a documentary, "The Rise of the Spelling Bee."  It is dated November, 2014 and 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!