Brown, Rippee headed for regional bee

By Linda Moody lmoody@civitasmedia.com

January 30, 2014

DARKE COUNTY - Two Darke County students will be headed to the regional spelling bee in Dayton on Feb. 22 for additional competition as a result of local contests on Thursday.

Let-up in the winter weather activity resulted in the city bee and Darke County spelling on the same day.

For the fifth consecutive year, Landin Brown, an eighth-grader at Greenville Junior High, out-spelled 11 other students to make him eligible for regional competition once again.

The son of Mart and Kathy Brown, Landin spelled the last two words in the city school contest correctly. Those words were glutenous and the winning one, anticipatory.

“I feel pretty good,” said Landin after the morning bee.

At regionals, he is hoping to win the championship in Dayton. Ever since fourth grade, he has done well; placing second his first year as a fourth-grader, and he has also placed third, fourth and fifth.

First runner-up in the Greenville District City Spelling Bee was Natalie Milligan of the Montessori School, who was eliminated from competition when she misspelled the word rappelled, while second runner-up was Caleb Coppess of South Middle School, who incorrectly spelled the word complacency.

Other words giving the spellers problems were bric-a-brac, aura, emblazoned, mammalian, derivative, vice versa, malaise, appellate and herculean.

Additional spellers competing at the district level of Greenville were Jake Barr, Connor Kerns, Hunter Cuyler, Isabelle Rammel, Ashley Strosnider, Landen Kreusch, Hunter Class, Emily Marchal and Maria Nicholas.

Edwinna Thomas pronounced the words for the Greenville students, while judges were Tammie Riffle and Gretchen Snyder.

Charlie Rippee, a fifth-grade student at Arcanum Middle School, will represent the county schools at the regionals next month. He correctly spelled the word perceived and went on to cement his win by spelling herculean.

The son of Brenda and Chuck Rippee, he said he practiced quite a few hours on the 450-word list he had.

Second place went to Skylith Edwards, the fifth-grade daughter of Onneke and Josh Edwards. A student at Ansonia Elementary, she was eliminated from the bee when she misspelled the word poroxity.

Third place in the competition was declared after two students were pitted against one another in a spell-off in the same round that the winner was determined. Isaac Bohman, a fourth-grade student at Versailles Elementary, and Darcy Denlinger, a Franklin Monroe Elementary student, battled back and forth through an additional 30 words before Isaac won by spelling two consecutive words correctly. They were asphasia and velociraptor. The word eliminating Darcy from the contest was pyrotechnics.

Prior to the awarding of a third-place winner, spellers went through 33 words.

Both the city and county spellers had basically the same list of words. Words misspelled by other students included bric-a-brac, lucrative, aura, corduroy, emblazoned, mammalian, adroitly, dawdle, vice versa and ombudsman.

Other county students competing in the afternoon bee were Bailey Garber of Mississinawa Valley Junior High, Emma Canan of Bradford Elementary, Taylor Cunningham of Mississinawa Valley Elementary; Macy Schepis of Tri-Village Junior High; Bailey Stammen of Ansonia Junior High; Noah Meiring of Versailles Middle School; Ryan Delk of Arcanum Elementary; Leighana Rautsaw of Franklin Monroe Junior High; Torie Richards of Tri-Village Elementary; and Lillian Elleman of Bradford Junior High.

Franklin Monroe Local School District hosted this year’s district spelling bee, and was coordinated by Diane Gray and Alesia Condy. April Wulber of the Darke County Educational Service Center was moderator and Tim Nealeigh pronounced the words. Roundkeeper was Carl Jones from the service center and judges were Patty Bernhard and Lois Bunger.