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Chesapeake student spells way to win

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 01:21 PM

IRONTON -- Emily Neal, a fifth-grader at Chesapeake Middle School, won the Lawrence County spelling bee Wednesday when she correctly spelled "depilatory."

Depilatory is a noun that means an agent for removing hair.

Neal was among 14 students participating in the spelling bee Wednesday at Ironton Municipal Court, said Yvonne Stroud, gifted and talented supervisor for the Lawrence County Educational Service Center.

Holli Leep, a fifth-grade student at Fairland West Elementary School, finished second.

Each school district can send up to two students to the county spelling bee, Stroud said. Two of the students who qualified were sick Wednesday and didn't participate, she said. Students from the fourth though eighth grade can participate in the spelling bee.

The school winners and runners up can participate in a monitored, online spelling test at their school next month, Stroud said. The winner will advance to a regional spelling bee at Athens, Ohio, in March, she said.

It is the second year the online test will determine which county winners will advance to the regional spelling bee after the Ohio Lottery stopped its sponsorship of the state spelling bee.