LIMA — Delaney Brinkman, an 8th grader at Shawnee Middle school correctly spelled “relevant” then “sukiyaki” to win the 29th Annual Allen County Spelling Bee Saturday at Ohio State University at Lima.
She admitted she didn’t practice as much as she could have.
“Not a lot this week because I do Bible quizzing too. I practice a lot for that, but last night I practiced for like an hour and a half. I practice for at least three hours every week probably,” Brinkman said.
Brinkman received a $100 gift card, while runner-up Jaden Ryan, from Bath Elementary School won a $75 gift card and Anthony Parker from Bath Middle School received a $50 gift card.
There were 17 contestants participating in this year’s Bee.
“Every school conducts their bee according to their desire and they send us the winner and the runners up are also invited,” said Judy Chaffins, a judge and Director of Gifted Services, Curriculum K-8, Allen County Educational Service Center.
The Allen County Bee serves as a warm up for The Lima News Regional Bee, scheduled for 10 a.m. March 17 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lima.
“Our Bee is independent. It used to be contingent that our winners went to The Lima News Regional, but that structure has all changed. All of these kids can also go to the Lima Bee Regional,” Chaffins said. Whoever wins at the Regional Bee goes to compete in the National Spelling Bee May 27 to June 1 in Washington D.C.
The Bee helps kids set and reach a goal.
“It teaches them spelling, first of all, but vocabulary development, which is fundamental to everything else in life, and that widens their vocabulary. There’s some, if they study it, a little bit of grammar usage that can happen, and the thing I think is getting more increasing as I’ve watched it progress through the years is language of origin. So they learn foreign language patterns so they can decipher the words to spell them,” Chaffins said.
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