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PAULDING — Sandra Freeman, coordinator for Gifted Services, Western Buckeye ESC, cordially invites the public to attend the 2014 Journal Gazette Paulding County Spelling Bee. The county bee is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Paulding Middle School Auditorium.

Ten school champions, in grades four through eight, will compete for the honor of representing Paulding County at the Journal Gazette Area Spelling Bee in Fort Wayne, Ind., on March 8.

Individual school champions are Joshua Poulson, Antwerp Middle School; Aaron Hawley, Antwerp Elementary; Josi Hopkins, Christian Home Educators of Paulding County; Kaden Sutton, Divine Mercy Catholic School; Hailey Hartzell, Oakwood Elementary; Olivia Clark, Paulding Elementary; Marcus Miller, Paulding Middle School; Lauren Walls, Wayne Trace-Grover Hill Elementary; Jayde Garcia, Wayne Trace-Payne Elementary and Levi Manz, Wayne Trace Jr. High.

Doug Grooms, of Van Wert, is the pronouncer. Judges for the contest are: Principal Tim Manz, Antwerp Elementary School, Principal Jody Dunham, Wayne Trace-Payne Elementary School and Principal Jennifer Manz, Oakwood Elementary School.

Steve Arnold, principal, superintendent, Wayne Trace Local Schools, will preside as master of ceremonies.

The Antwerp Exchange Bank sponsors the awards for the county spelling bee, which include gift cards and trophies for first and second place finishers, as well as medals and certificates for all of the school champions. Sandra Freeman, Western Buckeye ESC, is the awards liaison.

Contestants are reminded to report to the Paulding Middle School, Room A119, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.