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VAN WERT - Sandra Freeman, coordinator for Gifted and Curriculum Services, Western Buckeye ESC, cordially invites the public to attend the 2013 Journal Gazette Van Wert County Spelling Bee. The County Bee is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Marsh Foundation School Auditorium.
Thirteen contestants representing eight Van Wert county schools, in grades five through eight, will compete for the honor of representing Van Wert County at the Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 9, 2013.

Individual school champions are: Crestview Elementary-Madalyn Ward, Grade 5; Emily Fegley, Grade 6 Crestview Junior High-Derek Stout, Grade 7; Alyssa Fegley, Grade 8 Lincolnview Elementary-Gavin Carter, Grade 5; Brayden Langdon, Grade 6 Lincolnview Junior High-Lainie Jones, Grade 7; Zania Hasty, Grade 8 St. Mary of the Assumption School-Joseph Schaufelberger, Grade 6 Van Wert Elementary-Angelina Haller, Grade 5 Van Wert Middle School-Najah Martin, Grade 6; Gabriella Van Horne, Grade 7, Nick Motycka, Grade 8

Van Wert resident Doug Grooms is the pronouncer for the spelling bee. Judges for the contest are Kathy Mollenkopf, principal, Crestview Elementary, Gordon Stemen, principal, Lincolnview Elementary and Mark Bagley, principal, Goedde and Van Wert Middle Schools, Van Wert

Roger Salisbury, principal, Lincolnview Marsh School, is in charge of the physical set up of the competition

The Van Wert Federal Savings Bank is sponsoring the awards for the event. All participants will receive recognition of their participation.

Contestants are reminded to report to the Marsh Foundation School Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.

For addition information, please contact Sandra Freeman Western Buckeye Educational Service Center at (419) 399-4711, ext. 33 or