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Steuben County spelling bee winners

Angola Area Christian Home Educators

John Palmer, grade 8, son of Stan and Dana Palmer, spelled horizon to win. Runner-up Nathan Comfort, grade 7, son of Bruce and Glenda Comfort.

Angola Middle School

Eric Cockroft, grade 6, son of Mark and Edie Cockroft, spelled prominent to win. Runner-up Desiree Gephart, grade 7, daughter of Candace Gephart.

Carlin Park Elementary School

Khloe Boyer, grade 5, daughter of Jamie and Jodie Boyer, spelled untenable to win. Runner-up Sean Oldenburg, grade 5, son of Jeremy and Erin Oldenburg.

Fremont Middle School

Chelsea VanAken, grade 8, daughter of Chandra and David VanAken, spelled flirtatious to win. Runner-up Erin Frain, grade 6, daughter of Angel and Randy Frain.

Hamilton Community Elementary School

Bethany Olson, grade 6, daughter of Carol and Eddy Olson, spelled clutter to win. Runner-up Katelyn Weesner, grade 5, daughter of Bill and Claudia Weesner.

Hamilton Community Junior Senior High School

Jerico Harden, grade 8, son of Jerry and Nueva Harden, spelled vaporize to win. Runner-up Lane Hurraw, grade 7, son of Rachel Hurraw.

Hendry Park Elementary School

Isaac Wyatt, grade 5, son of Dan and Terri Wyatt, spelled ardent to win. Runner-up Elizabeth Brumbaugh, grade 5, daughter of Dorothy Selner and Steven Brumbaugh.

Pleasant Lake Elementary School

Christopher Burgett, grade 5, son of Leslie Pearson and Christopher Burgett, spelled assemble to win. Runner-up Brook Boyd, grade 5, daughter of Jessica and Brett Boyd.

Ryan Park Elementary School

Emily Land, grade 5, daughter of Matt and Julie Land, spelled evaluate to win. Runner-up Autumn Cockroft, grade 5, daughter of Mark and Edythe Cockroft.