Sixty-seven students from the greater Cincinnati area gathered recently at the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy to compete in the WCPO Region II Spelling Bee. Among those competing were seventh-graders Abby George of Clinton-Massie Middle School and Carter Carey of East Clinton Middle School.
While Clinton-Massie reignited its spelling bee competition this year after stepping away from the event several years ago, East Clinton Middle School has been holding spelling bees for several years.
As the Region II competition began, George and Carey held their own through the first-round of competition. Unfortunately, George was eliminated from the bee in round two with the word “periscope” finishing 47th. Carey continued to make his way through the next three rounds of competition but was eliminated in round five with the word “gnathonic” finishing 20th.
According to Curt Bradshaw, Coordinator of Gifted Services with the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, very few students from across the Cincinnati area become regional qualifiers, and he is quite proud of how far both George and Carey advanced in competition.
Looking to the future, George and Carey plan to continue to hone their impressive vocabularies and are both looking forward to competing in next year’s competition.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.