|Lake student is Wood County spelling champ|
|Written by By BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Saturday, 08 February 2014 12:48|
Joel Gollehon made the proper diagnosis of the trauma to win the 2014 Wood County Spelling Bee Saturday morning.
“Trauma” was the championship word, after correctly spelling “diagnosis” in the previous round of the bee for the eighth grader at Lake Middle School.
Joel was nearly eliminated previously when he misspelled “innate.” Runner-up Carolyn Schutte of Indian Hills Elementary gave him a second chance when she stumbled on the potential championship word, “temporal.”
According to the rules, when it is down to the final two competitors, to be crowned champion one must spell their word correctly in the round when the other speller is wrong. Then, to win, they must then spell one more word in the championship round.
After Joel’s error, Carolyn, who is in sixth grade handled “lariat,” but erred with the vowels in temporal. In the next round, she missed “stipple” allowing Joel to win with “trauma.”
Tesla Bias of Eagle Point Elementary School finished third in the event after she exited on “layette” in the sixth round.
Three others who made it to the top six will join the top three in advancing to the regional championship to be held at Owens Community College on March 8.
Those other advancers (with their misspelled word) are Alyssa Hoodlebrink, Eastwood Middle School (belladonna); Carlin Pendell, St. Aloysius Catholic School (gardenia); and Allison Pisula, Woodland Elementary (igneous).
(Story will be updated.)
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