Highland’s Caleb Carder takes title at county bee
By Randa Wagner -
Thursday night’s Morrow County Spelling Bee turned into a nail-biter as two competitors went four rounds at the finish to pin down a winner.
When the dust settled, Highland eighth grader Caleb Carder correctly spelled ‘dissymmetry’ to take the title over Northmor’s Dylan Timmons.
Janet James, MOESC Talented and Gifted Consultant with the Mid Ohio Educational Service Center, welcomed parents and attendees to the events, and introduced Mark Bohland as the word presenter.
Thirty-two students from Northmor, Cardington and Highland were entered to compete, and each student came to the microphone and stated their name, school and grade before competition started.
The first two rounds went smoothly before serious elimination began to take place.
Students were encouraged to repeat the word before spelling to guarantee they understood it, and ask for a definition or example of use if needed. At the conclusion of the competition, the potential winner would have to answer two words correctly to win.
That’s where things got interesting.
James Crossen misspelled “vertebral,” leaving Carder and Timmons to go four rounds before either successfully spelled two words consecutively. Words that stumbled the two included “quiche,” “quorum,” “archangel,” and “ascension” before Carder successfully spelled “dissymmetry.”
Carder and Timmons shook hands to the cheers and applause of the crowd.
The thirteen top finalists from this bee will go on to complete in the Tri-County Spelling Bee Thursday, April 24 at the Mid Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield. The event is free and open to the public.