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Beaty student claims county spelling bee title with winning word ‘malign’

Left to right: Youngsville Borough Police Chief Todd Mineweaser, first place speller Macy Winicki, second place speller Wesley Elms, Third Place speller Michael Jones, City of Warren Police Chief Brandon Deppen, and Moderator Brian Ferry.

Warren County crowned Macy Winicki its 2018 spelling bee champion on Wednesday, after she correctly spelled the championship word, “malign.”

Postponed Wednesday due to inclement weather, which caused the cancellation of district classes and events, the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee began on Thursday at 9 a.m., and was held at Beaty-Warren Middle School. Students from across the county competed at their home schools for places in the county spelling bee.

Judges included Youngsville Borough Chief of Police Todd Mineweaser, City of Warren Chief of Police Brandon Deppen, and this reporter. Thursday’s moderator was Reporter Brian Ferry of the Warren Times Observer.

Competing for the title of Warren County Spelling Bee Champion were: Wesley Elms, Sheffield Area Middle School sixth grader; Collin Brown, Sheffield Area Middle School seventh grader; Madison VanGuilder, Youngsville Elementary Middle School seventh grader; Abigail Grunden, Youngsville Elementary Middle School sixth grader; Treyah Selfridge, Tidioute Community Charter School eighth grader; Anna Courson, St. Joseph’s Elementary School fifth grader; Drew Mandeville, Eisenhower Elementary School fifth grader; Michael Jones, Eisenhower Middle High School eighth grader; Macy Winicki, Beaty-Warren Middle School sixth grader; Gabrielle Wilson, Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth grader; and Devon Smith, Warren County Christian School seventh grader.

Alternates Matt Freeman, a Beaty-Warren Middle School sixth grader, and Sydney Govini, a Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth grader, both competed as well.

Alternates for Thursday’s bee were: Eliana Beatty, Warren County Christian School fifth grader; Emily Grosch, St. Joseph’s Catholic School fifth grader; Kiana Stanbro, Youngsville Elementary fifth grader; Alyssa Wismar, Eisenhower Elementary School fifth grader; Trenton Mead, Sheffield Area Middle High School sixth grader; Winnie Wolf, Eisenhower Middle High School sixth grader; Lydia Camp, Youngsville Elementary Middle School seventh grader; Abby Brush, Sheffield Area Middle School eighth grader; and Connor Carnahan, Tidioute Community Charter School eighth grader.

After Jones stumbled on “callous” in the eighth round, Elms and Winicki battled it out for another eight rounds, going head to head with such words as “barrette,” “sinewy,” “tribulations,” and “commendable.”

Elms got tripped up by the word “truculently” in round 16, at which point Winicki scooped the title by correctly spelling the championship word. Afterward, Freeman and Jones went head to head for third place, with “mandible,” spelled correctly by Jones, earning him the third place title. Elms took second.

Macy Winicki is the daughter of Chris and Beth Arford and Eric Winicki. Her prizes for the first place win include a spot in the Western Pa. Spelling Bee on March 10 at Robert Morris University, a $200 cash prize, a $75 gift card donated by Northwest Bank, and a subscription to Britannica online for kids.

Elms is the son of James Elms and Cassie McAlee. Prizes for his second place win include a spot as an alternate at the Western Pa. Spelling Bee on March 10 at Robert Morris University, a gift card for $50 donated by Northwest Bank, and a subscription to Britannica online for kids.

Jones is the son of Becky and Jake Stewart and Bill and Jess Jones. Prizes for his third place win included a $25 gift card donated by Northwest Bank.

Each participating student received a spelling bee pin, a coupon for a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, and a certificate of participation.

“The Times Observer is honored to once again host the spelling bee, and we are very appreciative to have Northwest Bank come on board as a co-sponsor this year,” said Times Observer Publisher Bob Patchen. “Congratulations to all of the participants, and to our winner.”

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