Pictured is 2019's County Spelling Bee champion Aaron Reichert, who will be participating in the County Bee again this year. (DHI Media/File Photo)
Pictured is 2019's County Spelling Bee champion Aaron Reichert, who will be participating in the County Bee again this year. (DHI Media/File Photo)

VAN WERT — Ashley Shepherd, Director of Gifted Services for Western Buckeye ESC, announced that the 2020 Journal Gazette Van Wert County Spelling Bee will be held on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Marsh School Foundation Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Thirteen contestants representing seven Van Wert County schools, grades 5-8, will compete for the honor of representing the county in the Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee presented by STAR Financial Bank on March 7, 2020. The Regional Spelling Bee will be held in the Purdue Fort Wayne Rhinehart Recital Hall at 10 a.m. The winner of the Regional contest will go on to compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Individual school champions are:

Crestview Elementary: Braelyn Marsee, Grade 5

Crestview Middle School: Braxton Leeth, Grade 6, Michaela Debbe, Grade 7, and Brady Petrie, Grade 8

Lincolnview Elementary: Josie Miller, Grade 5 and Noah Peters, Grade 6

Lincolnview Junior High: Heath Sears, Grade 7 and Samantha Schotters, Grade 8

St. Mary of the Assumption School: Sophia Berryman, Grade 5

Van Wert Elementary: Harrison Sloan, Grade 5

Van Wert Middle School: Ethyn Dunno, Grade 6, Aaron Reichert, Grade 7, and Zoe Coleman, Grade 8.

Doug Grooms, Special Services Coordinator for the Van Wert City Schools will be the Pronouncer.

Judges for the Spelling Bee are Mark Bagley, Principal, Van Wert Middle School, Dan Metzger, Principal, St. Mary of the Assumption School and Darla Dunlap, Assistant Principal, Van Wert Middle School. Robbie Breese, Principal at the Marsh Foundation School, is in charge of the physical arrangements.

Van Wert Federal Savings Bank is sponsoring the awards for the event, which include cash awards and plaques for the top three finishers and certificates for all the contestants. The plaques are provided by Northwest Ohio Trophy.

Contestants are reminded to report to the Marsh Foundation School Library at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2020.

For additional information, contact Ashley Shepherd at the Western Buckeye ESC by calling 419-399-4711, or by emailing her at ashepherd@wbesc.org.