MEDINA — More than three dozen middle school students competed Wednesday evening to find the top six spellers in Medina County.
Four of the winners were from Highland Middle School. The others were from Sacred Heart School in Wadsworth and Buckeye Junior High School in York Township.
The winners of the 2013 Medina County Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee are:
• Daniel Johnson, an eighth-grader at Sacred Heart School, who won with “acme.”
• Larkin Cleland, a seventh-grader at Highland Middle School, who won with “taj.”
• Chris Wright, an eighth-grader at Highland Middle School, who won with “malaria.”
• Hannah Webb, a seventh-grader at Highland Middle School, who won with “arsenal.”
• Gabby Pickens, a seventh-grader at Buckeye Junior High School, who won with “agnostic.”
• Collin McInnes, a seventh-grader at Highland Middle School, who won with “piccolo.”
The six winners will move on to the next round of competition at the auditorium of the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 1 p.m. March 9.
The bee went nine rounds, with two-thirds eliminated by the third round with words like “prairie,” “untenable” and “salubrious.”
Nine remained in the last round.
“Foliate,” “mattock” and “etymology” tripped up three of the finalists.
The remaining six gathered for photos and congratulations from their parents and friends.
Chris Wright said the hardest part of the competition wasn’t the words. It was standing on stage in front of a hundred or so people.
Gabby Pickens agreed.
“It was a little scary,” she said. “My hardest word was definitely ‘ductile,’ but then I got easy ones like ‘refugee.’ ”
Gabby’s mother, Chris Pickens, said she was proud of her daughter for making it.
“Oh, I’m thrilled,” she said. “You have no idea.”
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.