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Student’s ‘stamina’ helps her achieve spelling bee win

Benjamin Logan Middle School eighth-grader Darien King’s “stamina” helped her fight through seven rounds of the Logan County Spelling Bee Tuesday evening to win the competition at the Bellefontaine High School Distance Learning Center.

Riverside Schools student Jason Yoder, right, spells a word provided to him by pronouncer Heidi Reser during the Logan County Spelling Bee on Tuesday night at the Bellefontaine High School Distance Learning Center. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY HOCHSTEDLER)

ABOVE: Darien King, left, Logan County Spelling Bee winner, and Selena Greenawalt, runner-up, hold their trophies Tuesday following the event at the Bellefontaine High School Distance Learning Center. BELOW: Logan County Spelling Bee contestants included, from the left, Darien King, Selena Greenawalt, Chenhao Ma, Jason Yoder, Terrin Bok, Kallie Parker, Trey Helmlinger and Jace Bollinger, are pictured following the contest Tuesday evening at the Bellefontaine High School Distance Learning Center.

The event, hosted by the Logan County Educational Service Center, featured eight student competitors in grades 5-8 who made first and second place finishes during their respective school-wide spelling bees at Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, Riverside and Bellefontaine schools.

During the first several rounds of the contest, students were tripped up by the words “desirable,” “laser,” “sensibility,” “niece” and “yippee” provided to them by pronouncer Heidi Reser, ESC special projects coordinator.

Judges Joyce Roberts, Logan County ESC superintendent, and Jen Frederick, ESC gifted coordinator, checked student spellings throughout the event.

The spelling bee was narrowed to three competitors by round four — the eventual spelling bee winner, Darien, and two students from Bellefontaine Middle School, Selena Greenawalt and Kallie Parker.

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