Addison Sigler and Justin Gibson

Addison Sigler and Justin Gibson were the top two finishers at the Richland County Spelling Bee.

MANSFIELD – Another successful Richland County Spelling Bee is in the books. After 10 rounds of competition, Addison Sigler, a sixth grader from Lexington Local Schools, is the Richland County Spelling Bee Champion with the winning word, eucalyptus.

Justin Gibson, an eighth grader from Madison Local Schools, was runner-up. Fifty-four spellers competed in the bee held on Jan. 16 at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC). Other students rounding out the top 12 spellers included:

Richland County Spelling Bee winners

These were the winners at the Richland County Spelling Bee.


Natalie Homes - 8

Drayton Berry - 8

St. Peter’s:

Camryn Beauford - 8

Jilianna Williams - 4

Plymouth – Shiloh:

Melanee Madera - 8


Catie Reynolds - 8

Madison Local Schools:

Emalea Brown - 8

Sam Myers - 7

Adeline Ward - 8

Mansfield City Schools:

Raya Walter - 7

Every speller received a certificate, and the champion and first runner-up received awards. Certificates and awards were provided by the Mansfield News Journal.

The top 12 qualifiers are invited to participate in the Tri-County Spelling Bee held at Mid-Ohio Conference Center on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the spelling bee.

The conference center is located at 890 West Fourth Street in Mansfield.

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 10 school districts and over 17,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

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