CADIZ – Three Harrison Hills City School students are spelling s-u-c-c-e-s-s after placing in the Top 10 during the 29th annual Herald-Star Jefferson/Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee.
Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High seventh-grade students Caden Arbaugh and Racquel Ritchie and Adam Ripley, a fifth-grader at Harrison East Elementary, spelled their way towards the top as they joined about 50 fifth-through-eighth-graders at Buckeye North Elementary on March 2. Arbaugh scored second place overall with Ripley gaining fifth place and Ritchie earning sixth after roughly eight rounds.
Harrison Central Jr. High Principal Brent Ripley, who coordinated of the county bee with teacher Joan Fisher, said the participants studied more than 1,000 words from various countries to prepare for the regional bee, and he was pleased to see three local pupils rank so highly.
“This was our second year in the bee,” he said, adding that six from Harrison Hills actually qualified for the event. “They learned American, Latin, New World, Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, Japanese and Old English words. I think this teaches kids about managing their time [because they had to learn these words]. They had to know the rules of each language and parts of speech.”
The trio competed against such districts as Toronto, Steubenville, Indian Creek, Buckeye Local and Edison Local, as well as Jefferson County Christian Center, Bishop King Mussio elementary and junior high schools, the Virtual Learning Academy and home-schooled youth. For their efforts, Arbaugh received a $50 savings bond from Huntington Bank and Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary; Ripley received a trophy, savings bond and thesaurus; and Ritchie gained a trophy and savings bond. The winner of the regional bee advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in late May but Ripley said local students would have another shot at the prize next year.
Pictured top are Caden Arbaugh and Racquel Ritchie, left is Adam Ripley.
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