Fifteen county spelling bee champions from northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will compete today in the 64th annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee presented by STAR Financial Bank.
The competition will be at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center. Spelling will begin at 10 a.m. in the Rhinehart Recital Hall.
The winner of the regional spelling bee will represent The Journal Gazette and STAR Financial Bank at the 91st annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. The winner will also receive a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online, The Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, and a one-year membership to Encyclopedia Britannica Online Premium.
The students competing in the regional bee range in age from 11 to 14 and from fifth to eighth grade. Competitors, their county and school:
Olivia Rhoades, Adams, South Adams Middle School; Erica Cho, Allen, Summit Middle School; Marissa Sims, Defiance, Ohio, Fairview Middle School; Riley White, DeKalb, DeKalb Middle School; Ella Hall, Huntington, Riverview Middle School; Aditya Vaidya, Kosciusko, Lakeview Middle School; Hailey Miller, LaGrange, Westview Junior-Senior High School; Isaac Warner, Noble, St. Mary School; Faith Meraz, Paulding, Ohio, Wayne Trace Junior-Senior High School; Alayna Shamp, Steuben, Ryan Park Elementary School; Una VanWynsberghe, Van Wert, Ohio, Lincolnview Junior-Senior High School; Evan Martynowicz, Wabash, Manchester Intermediate School; Jared White, Wells, Norwell Middle School; Maxwell McKinney, Whitley, Coesse Elementary; and Nicolas Roth, Williams, Ohio, Edgerton Elementary