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Hannah Sheley reclaims title at Logan County Spelling Bee       Send a link to a friend

[FEB. 23, 2006]  The annual Logan County Spelling Bee was on Wednesday at the Logan County Courthouse. Thirteen school representatives were involved in this year's bee, which lasted eight rounds and consisted of 55 words.

Hannah Sheley, daughter of Brad and Angie Sheley, repeated as the spelling bee winner for a second year. Hannah is in the eighth grade at Carroll Catholic School. She won the spelling bee by correctly spelling the word "philharmonic."

John Murphy, Pantagraph representative; Hannah Sheley, spelling bee winner; and Jean Anderson, regional superintendent of schools

Kristin Baker, daughter of Chris and Tina Baker and an eighth-grade student at Chester-East Lincoln Elementary, was the first runner-up.

Kathryn Opperman, an eighth-grader at Lincoln Zion Lutheran School, was second runner-up. She is the daughter of David and Stephanie Opperman.

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Kathryn Opperman, second runner-up; Hannah Sheley, winner; and Kristin Baker, first runner-up

These three young people will represent Logan County at the Pantagraph Spelling Bee on March 18 at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. The winner of that event will advance to the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Mary McKeeth from the Normal Public Library was the pronouncer for the county contest. Jean Anderson, regional superintendent of schools, presented a trophy to the winner and a new dictionary to each of the three finalists.

The Regional Office of Education, Busey Bank and the Pantagraph sponsor the spelling bee jointly.

[News release and photos provided by Sandy Blane]

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