You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • Parents urged to apply for textbook aid
    Fort Wayne Community Schools officials are urging all parents to fill out their free textbook applications, which are lagging behind this year.
  • Pence won't reconsider seeking US preschool grant
    INDIANAPOLIS - Education advocates pressured GOP Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday to reconsider seeking a federal preschool grant, but the governor rejected calls to apply for up to $80 million in funding.
  • How will pre-K be financed?
    Allen County officials say they are waiting to see where future funding will come from for statewide prekindergarten now that Gov. Mike Pence has withdrawn an application for $80 million in federal funds.

Defiance County spelling bee winners

Ayersville Elementary School

Summer Collins, grade 6, daughter of Amy Collins, spelled garment to win. Runner-up Troy Wolfe, grade 4, son of Kevin and Brenda Wolfe.

Defiance Junior High School

Maureen Bellaire, grade 8, daughter of Marcia Bellaire, spelled suspicion to win. Runner-up Elena Barajas, grade 8, daughter of Marta Ramirez and Horacio Barajas.

Fairview Elementary School

Alistair Smith, grade 5, son of Delicia and Lyle Smith, spelled glossary to win. Runner-up Madison Johnson, grade 5, daughter of Teresa and Chris Johnson.

Fairview Middle School

Kaitlyn Davis, grade 7, daughter of Amy and Burchel Davis, spelled perfectionism to win. Runner-up Augustine Stuckey, grade 7, son of Sarah Stuckey-Diaw.

Hicksville Elementary School

Alexis Metz, grade 6, daughter of Allison and Nathan Metz, spelled compendium to win. Runner-up Angela Betz, grade 6, daughter of Mary and David Betz.

Hicksville Junior Senior high School

Kasadi Shock, grade 7, daughter of Steve and Charlotte Shock, spelled subsequent to win. Runner-up Molly Feller, grade 8, daughter of Keith and Catherine Feller.

Holy Cross Catholic School

Makenna Wagner, grade 7, daughter of Stacie Wagner, spelled presume to win. Runner-up Sarah Lightle, grade 7, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lightle.

St. John Lutheran School

Thomas Michel, grade 8, son of Dan and Beth Michel, spelled formula to win. Runner-up Nolan Lantz, grade 8, son of Chuck and Lauri Whiteford and David Lantz.

Tinora Elementary School

Owen Roehrig, grade 6, son of Cory and Rachuel Roehrig, spelled equivalent to win. Runner-up Sierra Kruse, grade 5, daughter of Scott and Amy Kruse.

Tinora Junior High School

Conor Gilbert, grade 7, son of Gary and Moipone Gilbert, spelled manuscript to win. Runner-up Madison Van Scoder, grade 8, daughter of Dennis and Chris Van Scoder.