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Spelling bee champ begins his ‘reign’

Alex Taylor begins his “reign” as county spelling bee champion today, after having correctly spelled the five-letter homonym Tuesday to clinch the Logan County Spelling Bee.


ABOVE: Cousins Alex Taylor, left, from Bellefontaine, and Logan Phillips, right, from Benjamin Logan, finished first and second, respectively, Tuesday at the Logan County Spelling Bee. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine seventh-grader Alex Taylor claps Tuesday after he is announced champion of the Logan County Spelling Bee. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

The Bellefontaine seventh-grader outlasted seven other competitors to win the annual spelling contest, conducted this year in the Indian Lake Middle School gymnasium, coordinated by the Logan County Educational Service Center.  

Alex’s distant cousin, Benjamin Logan Middle School student Logan Phillips, was runner-up.

It wasn’t Alex’s first spelling bee, and he said afterward his previous competitions made him feel only “a little nervous.”

“Isn’t everybody nervous?” he asked.

He said afterward he spent a good bit of time studying for the spelling bee, but that didn’t really help him during competition.

“They gave us a big packet of words to study and then she didn’t ask any of the words I studied in the packet,” he said. “It was easier than I thought it would be.”

Alex was awarded a first-place trophy and also the traveling trophy, which stays with the champion’s home school until next year’s spelling bee.

The contest was comprised of first- and second-place spelling bee finishers from each county school’s bee. A few of the words that tripped up some of the competitors included “dire,” “curiosity,” and “canteen.”

Other participants were: Kimmie Elliott, Bellefontaine; Taylor Keene, Benjamin Logan; Terrin Bok and Seth Shields, Indian Lake; and Sam Fleming and Joe Renteria, Riverside.

For having taken first place in their respective school competitions, Kimmie, Logan, Terrin and Sam will participate in the semifinal round, a 50-word online test. Test results will be available via on Feb. 6.

The highest-scoring school champions will qualify for the 2013 Scripps College of Communication Regional Spelling Bee March 16. The champion of that contest will represent the area at the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly specificied how Alex Taylor and Logan Phillips were related.

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