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Scripps College of Communication crowns Regional Spelling Bee champions

Mar 18, 2013

Photos by Megan Westervelt

Scripps College of Communication crowns Regional Spelling Bee champions

ATHENS, Ohio (March 18, 2013) - The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University crowned two winners during Regional Spelling Bees conducted March 16, 2013 in Walter Hall on the main campus in Athens.

After 14 rounds of completion, Kyle Schroder, an 8th grader from St. Brendan School, won the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Columbus Metro Regional Spelling Bee. Kyle, the son of Anthony and Cheryl Schroder of Hilliard, Ohio, won the final round when he spelled the word alacrity, a word of Latin origin meaning "cheerful readiness: eager." 

The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University will sponsor Kyle’s trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 28-30, 2013. Students attending schools in Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Madison, and Pickaway Counties who won their school bees passed an online test to qualify for the regional competition. Fifty-eight of the sixty-six students to qualify attended the Bee.

In a separate competition, after eight rounds, Matthew Pitcock, an 8th grader in Maysville Elementary School, won the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Regional Spelling Bee. Matthew is the son of Tom and Jenna Pitcock of Zanesville, Ohio. Matthew won the final round when he spelled the word harfang, a word of German and Swedish origin that is the name of a snowy owl. The Scripps College of Communication will also sponsor Matthew’s trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
 
Pitcock advanced from the seventh round against Wheelersburg Elementary School 8th grader Nate Marcum, son of Nancy Marcum of Wheelersburg, Ohio.
 
Fifth to eighth grade students attending schools in Ashland, Athens, Champaign, Coshocton, Crawford, Fayette, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Huron, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Logan, Marion, Meigs, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Union and Vinton Counties who won their school bees and passed an online test were invited to attend the regional competition. Sixty-one of the seventy students qualified to attend the Bee participated in Saturday’s event.