Werntz Wins Citywide Spelling Bee

Werntz and Conley - Citywide Spelling Bee Champion and Runner-Up 2019

February 6, 2019 - The Sidney Citywide Spelling Bee took place Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in the Sidney Middle School auditeria. Thirteen spellers from Christian Academy Schools, Emerson Elementary, Holy Angels School, Longfellow Elementary, Northwood Elementary, Sidney Middle School, and Whittier Elementary competed for the Sidney Spelling Bee championship title.

The bee lasted twenty rounds and ended with Tatum Werntz, a sixth-grade student from Sidney Middle School, correctly spelling the word chivalrous. Keegan Conley, a fifth-grade student at Sidney Middle School, was the first runner-up. Ryan Fitchpatrick, a seventh-grade student at Holy Angels School, was the second runner-up.

The following students represented local schools:

• Keegan Conley, 5th grade, Emerson Elementary, son of Matt and Dana Conley

• Braylon Fisher, 5th grade, Longfellow Elementary, son of David Fisher and Tara Wolaver

• Ryan Fitchpatrick, 7th grade, Holy Angels School, daughter of Ron and Robin Fitchpatrick

• Conor Hanke, 3rd grade, Northwood Elementary, son of Ryan and Jill Hanke

• Michael Locker III, 5th grade, Whittier Elementary, son of Michael and Jessica Locker, Jr.

• Kole McAlexander, 8th grade, Christian Academy School, son of David and Cheryl McAlexander

• Vincent Miller, 5th grade, Northwood Elementary, son of Dustin and Amber Miller

• Carter Rigel, 5th grade, Holy Angels School, son of Kyle and Amy Rhoades

• Kyla Rush, 7th grade, Sidney Middle School, daughter of Yvonne Parke

• Salimata Sao, 5th grade, Longfellow Elementary, daughter of Mamadou Sao and Halima Sawadogo

• Myles Steenrod, 5th grade, Northwood Elementary, son of Andy and Andrea Steenrod

• Lindan Steward, 4th Grade, Whittier Elementary, daughter of Alan and Natalie Stewart

• Tatum Werntz, 6th grade, Sidney Middle School, daughter of TJ Werntz and Tina Wooddell

* The following students qualified for the city-wide bee but were unable to attend: Breanna Colburn, 6th grade, Christian Academy, daughter of Ella Colburn; Pratisth Agarwal, 5th grade, Emerson Elementary, son of Krishna and Neha Agarwal; and Owen Deam, 7th grade, Sidney Middle School, son of Dave & Katie Deam.

Mandi Croft, Sidney City Schools Board Member, pronounced the words. Judging the contest were Bob Humble, Sidney City Schools Superintendent, Anne Geise, Sidney Middle School Counselor, and Jenny VanMatre, retired Sidney City Schools teacher. Brooke Gessler, Curriculum Director for Sidney City Schools, is the District Spelling Bee Coordinator.

All winner from each school will go on to represent their school at the Lima News Regional Bee. The regional bee will be held at Rhodes College in Lima, Ohio. Should the winner not be able to compete, the first runner-up will compete in their place.

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