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Can you spell R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L?

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    Six finalists from the Medina County Spelling Bee receive their trophies Tuesday night at Medina High School. From left, Aurora Meiss, Shradhdha Mandepudi, Sophia Hisey, Andrew Lightfoot, Anthony Hamilton and Braydon Morford. The bee lasted about 90 minutes and brought together sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from Medina County public, private and parochial schools.

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    Claggett Middle School seventh-grader Braydon Morford demonstrates his spelling proficiency Tuesday night at the Medina County Spelling Bee.

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    Highland Middle School eighth-grader Shradhdha Mandepudi will advance to the regional spelling bee next month in Akron.

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MEDINA — The words tripped up some students — impasse, cruller, gazpacho and piccolo — but six top spellers in Medina County are advancing to the regional bee next month in Akron.

The 2018 Medina County Spelling Bee went on as scheduled Tuesday evening at Medina High School after being postponed last week due to severe winter weather.

“I was nervous because of the reschedule. You never know who is going to come and not everybody always RSVPs, so you cross your fingers and hope for best because we didn’t intend on a snow day,” said event organizer Janice Kollar of Educational Service Center of Medina County.

Students advancing to the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee on March 10 at Akron-Summit Library are:

  • Aurora Meiss, eighth grade, Claggett Middle School;
  • Shradhdha Mandepudi, eighth grade, Highland Middle School;
  • Sophia Hisey, sixth grade, Buckeye Intermediate School;
  • Braydon Morford, seventh grade, Claggett School;
  • Andrew Lightfoot, eighth grade, A.I. Root Middle School;
  • Anthony Hamilton, seventh grade, St. Francis Xavier School.

The annual spelling bee is open to sixth- seventh- and eighth-graders in public, private and parochial schools in Medina County.

“Some of those kids were spelling very difficult words, so it shows they really have put in the time to practice, this is their stage to showcase their talent,” Kollar said.

Finalist Shradhdha Mandepudi said she practiced with her dad and a coach, and is happy to have made it this far in the spelling bee.

“I am so happy. I didn’t think I would get this far at all,” she said. “I am just really excited and nervous for the next round.”

Shradhdha said she will not change her study strategy going into the regional competition in March.

“I am going to practice every day and try harder,” she said.

Sophia Hisey of Buckeye Intermediate School said she didn’t study for a lengthy time, but hit the books Monday night and crammed in the car on the ride to the spelling bee.

Sophia said she is a little nervous about the next phase of the competition.

“It is a little bit nerve-wracking. I don’t know what is going to happen next,” she said.

Braydon Morford spelled his way through ventilate, adjacent, toucan and elixir before missing out on “kava” in the seventh round.

He was able to rebound and claim a top spot after spelling his way back into the competition against two other students who also misspelled words in the seventh round.

Braydon said he is relieved to be moving on to the next round, and he prepared for Tuesday’s bee by reading word lists and studying the words’ origins and spelling tips.

Braydon said he did encounter a few words during the competition that weren’t on his list of favorites.

“Not any one (word) in particular, but there were some words that I was hoping that I wouldn’t come across,” he said.

For students who might be interested in participating in the county bee next year, Braydon offered this advice: “Calm down, take a breath and remember what you studied.”

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.



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