Seventh-grader will c-o-m-p-e-t-e in Tri-County Spelling Bee

Raya Walter, shown with language arts teacher Josie Schave, has advanced to three-county spelling competition next month.

      A seventh-grader from the Spanish Immersion School will represent Mansfield City Schools in the Tri-County Spelling Bee Feb. 13 at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center.

      Raya Walter qualified by finishing among the top 12 at the Richland County Spelling Bee on Jan. 16. Fifty-four students competed in the county bee.

      “I like spelling but I never thought I was really good at it,” Raya said.

      Josie Schave, her language arts teacher, said Raya is too modest.

      “Raya is an incredible speller,” Schave said. “When we do word exercises she always chooses the challenge words, the difficult ones. Raya is an excellent student and an excellent person.”

      At the Tri-County Spelling Bee next month, Raya will compete against students from Lexington, St. Peter’s, Plymouth-Shiloh, Crestview and Madison, who also qualified at the Richland bee, as well as top spellers from Crawford and Morrow counties.

      The top three students in the Mansfield Middle School spelling bee also competed in the Richland bee. They were Camryn Hood, winner of the MMS bee; Darieon Cantrill and Jayda Hullum. They are coached by Courtney Nabb.

      The Feb. 13 Tri-County Spelling Bee will begin at 6:30 p.m. Mid-Ohio ESC is located at 890 W. Fourth St. in Mansfield.

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