LIMA — Delphos Middle School sixth-grader Delilah Pavel is the winner of the 2019 Allen County Spelling bee, held Saturday at the Ohio State University-Lima Campus. She correctly spelled “ricotta” after the runner-up, Shashank Chanamolu, a Shawnee Middle School seventh-grader, incorrectly spelled “hackneyed.”
Pavel then had to spell “pectoral” for the win, which she did.
She was pleased with her performance and shared how she prepared for the bee.
“I used the computer to listen to it, and I type it and then I type the word three times to get it into my brain,” she said.
She had a very short time to study for the Allen County Spelling Bee as she won the Delphos Middle School Bee about a week earlier. She had participated in the Allen County Spelling and The Lima News Regional Bee last year, so she had an idea of what to expect.
Delilah is the daughter of Shawn and Kaylee Pavel of Delphos.
This was the 30th year for the Allen County Spelling Bee, an event that helps students beyond this competition.
“There are several things that benefit them, one being that it’s such a good practice for public speaking. Just being a good speller is just a really good life skill and makes writing papers easier when they get to college, that sort of thing, and it builds confidence and it’s a good event all of the way around,” said Shannon Bowers, director of gifted services, curriculum K-8 at the Allen County Education Service Center.
There were 16 students in this year’s Allen County Spelling Bee representing Bath Elementary School, Bath Middle School, Delphos Franklin School, Delphos Landeck School, Delphos Middle School, Delphos St. John’s School, Elida Middle School, Heir Force School, Perry Elementary School, Perry Middle School, Shawnee Maplewood School, St. Charles School, St. Gerard School, St. Rose School and Temple Christian School. A 17th school, Spencerville Middle School, did not send a representative.
Delilah Pavel received a trophy and a $100 gift card for winning the bee. Shashank Chanamolu received a $75 gift card for finishing runner-up. Kylee Mangini-Miller, from St. Rose School, who finished in third, won a $50 gift card.
All of the students received trophies and certificates for being the champions at their own school.
All of the students are eligible to participate in the Lima News Regional Bee, which will be held at 10 a.m. March 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Cable Road.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.