Burke and Stansifer Advance to Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee

(Feb. 12, 2019) – At the 63rd annual Wayne County Spelling Bee on Jan. 29, sixth-grade student Aidan Burke and seventh-grade student Jackson Stansifer of Wooster City School District’s Edgewood Middle School (EMS) placed in the top seven of 36 students. As a result, both students qualified for the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee, which will take place on March 9 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Both Burke and Stansifer began their spelling bee journey this year with Edgewood’s Middle School Spelling Bee, which was held on Dec. 13. Out of 28 contestants, Stansifer won the spelling bee with Burke, Vilma Biro and Meghan Kleinhenz placing as the runners-up, which qualified them to compete in the Wayne County Spelling Bee.

“I am so proud of the dedication these students put forth to prepare for the spelling bees,” said Cindy Beeman, computer technology teacher at Edgewood Middle School. “They are all outstanding students!”

At the Wayne County Bee, which took place at Wooster High School’s (WHS) Performing Arts Center, Wooster City School District was represented by four Edgewood Middle School students and two eighth-grade students from Wooster High School. 

Thirty-six total students competed in the county-wide bee, including students from Central Christian School, Chippewa Intermediate School, Dalton Middle School, Mt. Eaton Elementary School, Triway Junior High School, Wooster Christian School and several other local schools.

Since Burke and Stansifer both ended up finishing in the top seven at the bee, they qualified to participate in the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee. 

“Congratulations to Aiden and Jackson for their wonderful accomplishment of qualifying for the regional spelling bee in March,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “We wish them the all the very best moving forward.”