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Scripps College hosts Regional Spelling Bees

Mar 26, 2014

Scripps College hosts Regional Spelling Bees

By Kerry Tuttle

ATHENS, Ohio (March 26, 2014)—“Enamor” and "exacerbate" were the winning words this past weekend as two Southeast Ohio middle school students advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ohio University hosted the Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 22, in Baker Theater where students from local counties competed for the chance to travel to Washington D.C.

Harold Harman, a student from East Muskingum Middle School, was announced as the Region I winner after he spelled "exacerbate" correctly in the 18th round of competition to beat out 54 other contestants. Region I consisted of students from 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.

The Region II spelling bee winner was Max Danner, a student from Oakstone Academy, who spelled "enamor" in the 19th round of competition. Danner beat our 45 other contestants from Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Madison, and Pickaway counties.

“It was a pleasure meeting and working with such a talented group of 5th to 8th grade spellers and their families,” said Dr. Jerry Miller, an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies. “The dedication and enthusiasm they bring to campus certainly sets the stage of an outstanding event. Harry Harmon and Max Danner, the winners of the two regional bees, are excellent representatives for this part of Ohio.”

Harman and Danner will be advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee which will take place May 27, 28 and 29 in National Harbor, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation's largest and longestrunning educational program. Its purpose is to help students improve spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage. The Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company.