The stage was filled with 40 eager spellers ranging from fifth to eighth grade and representing 10 public or parochial school districts: Western Reserve, Bellevue, St. Joseph Catholic, South Central, Monroeville, New London, Norwalk city, Trinity Christian, St. Francis Xavier and Norwalk Catholic.
Here are the top four finishers, each of whom received a trophy:
• Gavin Horn, eighth-grader from Bellevue Middle School (spelling champion)
• Dylan Allen, sixth-grader from South Central Middle School (runner-up)
• Emman Elkammaty, seventh-grader from Western Reserve Middle School (third)
• Riley Morrison, seventh-grader from Trinity Christian School (fourth place)
A traveling wall plaque bearing Horn’s name will be presented to Bellevue Middle School to house in its trophy case for the next year.
Each student had qualified for the county-wide spelling bee by his or her performance in their home school. All the participants received a certificate of participation.
Jeanne Lawrence served as the reader/moderator. Tammy Robinson and Jen Thayer served as judges. Molly Wetherill, of Norwalk City Schools, arranged for the facility usage.
The North Point Educational Service Center hosts the event each spring to recognize the abilities of county students.