ANSONIA — M-i-s-c-h-i-e-f is one word that Hannah Kendig, sixth-grader at Arcanum-Butler Middle School, might likely remember.
It was the winning word in the 2018 Darke County Spelling Bee, Tuesday, of which Kendig placed First. The Spelling Bee was hosted by Ansonia Local Schools, at the Ansonia Church of God. Spelling Bee Coordinator and Darke County Educational Service Center (ESC) Curriculum Director April Hoying said, it is important to give the students across the county a chance to excel at things other than sports.
“The Spelling Bee gives us a chance to commend our good spellers in the county, and give them a chance to have a venue where they can show off their skills,” Hoying said.
According to Hoying, each school district has spelling bees. One is for the fourth-to-sixth graders and the other is for seventh and eighth graders, giving two representatives from each district to compete at the county level. Hannah said this was her first spelling bee, for which she studied a long time.
“I was surprised to win, as the competition was pretty tough,” Hannah said.
She was supported by several family members, including her grandparents and parents Shannon and Adam.
“This is exciting,” Adam said. “She was pretty nervous this morning, and she studied all on her own.”
Another excited person was Arcanum-Butler Middle School Principal Marcus Bixler. In addition to Hannah winning the Spelling Bee, Arcanum’s team won the Spelling Bowl, for the third year in a row. Members of the 2018 Darke County Winning Spelling Bowl Team include: Hannah, Trinity Schweitzer, Grace Psczulkoski, and Bryson Sharp. After the competition, Bixler took the students to the restaurant of their choice, Hot Head Burritos.
“This is exciting and fun for the students,” Bixler said. “It is neat to have the opportunity to come up and do this. I appreciate everything that April (Hoying) and the ESC does to make this happen.”
According to Arcanum-Butler Local School District Superintendent John N. Stephens, the district is extremely proud of Hannah for her individual effort and for the team effort in the Spelling Bowl.
“This marks the third straight year that Arcanum-Butler has won the Bee and the Bowl, which is an incredible accomplishment, considering the many great spellers in the county,” he said. “Hannah faced several tough spellers to just make it out of our middle school bee, having beat the runner-up Bryson Sharp, and two-time county champ Aiden Psczulkoski. We are also proud of runner-up Trinity Schweitzer from the elementary school, and fourth-grader Grace Psczulkoski, for her overall finish in 4th place. Congratulations to all of the school spelling champs in the county for an outstanding effort!”
Runners-up of the Darke County Spelling Bee include second-place contestant Kylee Winner of Ansonia Junior High, and third-place contestant Savannah Crist of Franklin Monroe Elementary.
The Local School District 2018 Spelling Bee Champions include: Isaiah Hartzell, Ansonia Elementary; Kylee Winner, Ansonia Junior High; Grace Psczulkoski, Arcanum-Butler Elementary; Hannah Kendig, Arcanum-Butler Middle School; Elizabeth Skinner, Bradford Elementary; Joshua Derstine, Bradford Junior High; Savannah Crist, Franklin Monroe Elementary; Zoe Kellems, Franklin Monroe Junior High; Lydia Ayette, Tri-Village Elementary; Jeff Ketring, Tri-Village Junior High; Katey Litten, Versailles Elementary; and Tara Fritscher, Versailles Middle School.
The Local School District 2018 Spelling Bee Runners-Up include: Garrett Stammen, Ansonia Elementary; Kaydee Campbell, Ansonia Junior High; Trinity Schweitzer, Arcanum-Butler Elementary; Bryson Sharp, Arcanum-Butler Middle School; Megan Wood, Bradford Elementary; Xavier Robinson, Bradford Junior High; Jackson Crist, Franklin Monroe Elementary; Aaron Crist, Franklin Monroe Junior High; Mekedes Butsch, Tri-Village Elementary; Alyssa Begoon, Tri-Village Junior High; Ryan Pleiman, Versailles Elementary; and Delaney Barga, Versailles Middle School.
“Thank you to all of the school districts, including the teachers, administrators and students, who work very hard to prepare for the Spelling Bee,” Hoying said. “I also want to thank the parents, grandparents, family and friends, who came out to support and to cheer on the spellers.”
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