The Huron County Schools Spelling Bee coordinated by the Erie-Huron-Ottawa Educational Service Center took place at the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk during the last week of March.
A total of 155 students in grades four, five, six, seven and eight competed for the position of top seller at each grade level.
Norwalk City Schools and Western Reserve schools took first place honors at all five grade levels. Western Reserve Elementary won grades four and five. Norwalk Main Street School took first place for grade six and Norwalk Middle School gleaned first place for grades seven and eight.
The fourth-grade spelling bee winner from Western Reserve Elementary was Douglas Church Jr. Douglas is the son of Douglas Church Sr.
Courtney Whitman, also from Western Reserve Elementary, was the fifth-grade winner. Courtney is the daughter of Skip and Patty Stone and Jeff Whitman.
Janna Schoemaker, Norwalk Main Street School, won the sixth-grade spelling bee. Janna's parents are Brenda Kelley and Fred Schoemaker.
The seventh-grade winner from Norwalk Middle School was Kelsey Wheeler. Kelsey is the daughter of Randal and Lori Ann Wheeler.
Taking the third spelling bee win for Norwalk City Schools was Norwalk Middle School eighth-grader, Alaina Berry. Alaina is the daughter of Sean and Amy Berry.
Huron County Schools represented were Monroeville, New London, South Central, Western Reserve, Bellevue City Schools, Bellevue Immaculate Conception, Celeryville Christian, Monroeville St. Joseph, Norwalk City Schools, Norwalk Catholic School and Willard St. Francis Xavier.
Many of the spelling words for the 2007 contest were taken from past Ohio Achievement Tests in the subjects of mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing. Examples of winning words are: manure, characteristic, separation, Chillicothe and integer.