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    Northrop, East Noble, Bishop Dwenger, Concordia, Adams Central and Heritage took home honors Saturday following a high school marching band contest at DeKalb High School.
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59th Annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee 1st runner-up Liana Reinhard

Wells County spelling bee winners

Bethlehem Lutheran School

Erika Kobryn, grade 7, daughter of Gail and Mike Kobryn, spelled vaporize to win. Runner-up Joel Stoppenhagen, grade 6, son of Neil and Susan Stoppenhagen.

Bluffton-Harrison Middle School

Megan Hacha, grade 8, daughter of Kelly and Greg Hacha, spelled predicament to win. Runner-up Natalie Ray, grade 6, daughter of Brandy and Jim Gibson.

Kingdom Academy

Liana Reinhard, grade 8, daughter of Jerry and Jodi Reinhard, spelled consistency to win. Runner-up Hannah Brooks, grade 7, daughter of Matt and Bekah Brooks.

Lancaster Central Elementary School

Kaiden Slater, grade 5, son of Kirt and Tammy Slater, spelled vaporize to win. Runner-up Lucas Stauffer, grade 5, son of Ed and Amy Stauffer.

Norwell Middle School

Autumn Fox, grade 6, daughter of Mark and Teresa Fox, spelled turban/turbine to win. Runner-up Jordan Shoemaker, grade 8, daughter of Chad and Lori Shoemaker.

Ossian Elementary School

Alyssa Cyrus, grade 5, daughter of Suzanne and Johnny Cyrus, spelled recipient to win. Runner-up Lance Huffman, grade 5, son of Matt and Monica Huffman.