The 69th Annual Scioto County Spelling Bee was held at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, in New Boston, on Thursday, March 10.
The purpose of the spelling bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.
Nineteen students advanced to the County Spelling Bee after winning at their own schools. Twelve districts participated: Eli Bailey and Lexi Kennison from Clay, Alissa Beal and Andrew Hoffer from Green, Madeline Litz and Miles Webb from Minford, Rilyn Holbrook from New Boston, Amelia Neu and Loralie Rockwell from Northwest, Lex Salazar from Notre Dame, Marlee Hannah from Portsmouth, Thayer Collins from East Portsmouth Elementary, Landen Coleman and Ella Shope from Sciotoville Community Schools, Carson Henry from South Webster, Lorelei Carver and Logan Ralstin from West, and Miles Lauderback and Nicholas Sylvia from Wheelersburg.
The 2022 Champion of the Scioto County Spelling Bee was Andrew Hoffer, who is in the 8th grade at Green High School. Andrew was awarded a trophy and $300.
Second place was awarded to Nicholas Sylvia, 8th grader at Wheelersburg Middle School, who received $150. Third place went to Lexi Kennison, 5th grader at Clay Elementary, receiving $75. Fourth place went to Madeline Litz, 8th grader at Minford Middle School, who received $50.
The event was coordinated by Sharee Price, Gifted Services Coordinator at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center. Sponsors were DESCO Federal Credit Union, Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Scioto Foundation, and SOMC.
The pronouncer for the event was Gina Collinsworth, Public Information Coordinator for Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission. Judges were Paige Williams, Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, Debbie McGinnis, retired Portsmouth City Schools English teacher, and Marla Beebe, Research & Instruction Librarian at Clark Memorial Library, Shawnee State University. The greeter was Jeannine Shelpman, EMIS Coordinator at South Central Ohio ESC.
“This event was very well attended and the students did a great job. Congratulations are in order for all of the participants!” Price said.