Local students who qualified for this year’s spelling bee at the Wapakoneta Middle School found the courage to show their study efforts this past year while spelling out words in the spotlight.
Tyler Shroyer, 12, won first place in the spelling bee, despite the nerves he faced while competing with his peers. His winning word, “bountiful” is now his favorite word, he said. “I’ve never been up there before,” Shroyer said. “I didn’t think I would win because of all the 7th graders.”