West Jeff eighth-grader wins county spelling bee

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The last two students standing in the 2022 Madison County Spelling Bee were runner-up Chloe Wilson (left) of Jonathan Alder Junior High and champion Patrick Murphy of West Jefferson Middle School.

(Posted Jan. 31, 2022)

Patrick Murphy, an eighth-grader from West Jefferson Middle School, is this year’s Madison County Spelling Bee champion.

A total of 56 students in grades 5-8 from the Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains and West Jefferson school districts competed. The event took place on Jan. 25 at Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City.

All students competed in the written test and the oral bee. The oral bee went 10 rounds and lasted two hours and 15 minutes.

Murphy was the last correct speller in Round 9 with the word “regurgitate.” He went on to claim victory in Round 10 with the word “transposable.”

Chloe Wilson, an eighth-grader from Jonathan Alder Junior High, was the runner-up.

Written Test Winners
5th-grade: Kaden Myers from Norwood Elementary (West Jefferson)
6th-grade: Martin Rits from West Jefferson Middle School
7th-grade: Tucker Phipps from West Jefferson Middle School
8th-grade: Chloe Wilson from Jonathan Alder Junior High

Oral Round Winners by Grade Level
5th-grade: Laasya Paruchuri from Canaan Middle School (Jonathan Alder)
6th-grade (tie): Gavin Cloutier from Madison-Plains Intermediate and Khloe Lemon from West Jefferson Middle School
7th-grade: Kolby Thoman from London Middle School
8th-grade: Patrick Murphy from West Jefferson Middle School.

Written test winners were: (from left) Chloe Wilson, eighth grade; Tucker Phipps, seventh grade; Martin Rits, sixth grade; and Kaden Myers, fifth grade.
Oral spelling bee winners by grade level were: (from left) Patrick Murphy, eighth grade; Kolby Thoman, seventh grade; Gavin Cloutier and Khloe Lemon, sixth grade; and Laasya Paruchuri, fifth grade.

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