By LISA DAVIS



Staff Writer

ldavis@starbeacon.com



GENEVA - - Fourteen students wanted the title of Geneva Area City Schools top speller, but Danny Miles, a fifth-grader from Spencer Elementary School, was declared the champ.

Tuesday evening Geneva Elementary School hosted the event. Before the bee started, Geneva Elementary Principal Steve Candela told the contestants it was an honor for them to represent their individual schools at the spelling bee and wished them luck.

Danny took the bee in the 12th round correctly spelling the word "adequate" and then one more word "gratitude" to win. This came after James Wiencek, a fourth-grader from Austinburg Elementary and Clare Carlisle, a sixth-grader also from Austinburg Elementary incorrectly spelled their words.

For four rounds it was close as five of the 14 contestants correctly spelled their words each round. In the 10th and 11th round the contestants began to drop until three remained.

"This feels pretty awesome," Danny said after winning. "I've been here before and almost won, but this time I did and it's exciting."

Danny had a method to his spelling. Each time he was given a word, Danny would ask for it to be repeated.

"I wanted to make sure I knew the word," Danny said. "Before (at other bees) I miss heard the word and spelled it wrong."

Danny, like other school district spelling bee winners, will go onto the county-wide spelling bee competition Feb. 15.

Other contestants in the Geneva bee were: Matthew Seeds, a fifth-grader from Austinburg Elementary; Danielle Nicholson, a fourth-grader from Cork Elementary; Philip Yan, a fifth-grader from Cork Elementary; Megan Cowling, a sixth-grader from Cork Elementary; Page King, fourth-grader from Spencer Elementary; Daltan Coffey, a sixth-grader from Spencer Elementary; Alexandria Gautschi, a fourth-grader from Geneva Elementary; Brett Haydu, a fifth-grader from Geneva Elementary; Cheyenne Thomas, a sixth-grader from Geneva Elementary; Clarissa Steinbrink, a seventh-grader from Geneva Junior High and Zachery Lange, an eighth-grader from Geneva Junior High. All contestants and alternates received a certificate of participation and a spelling bee pin.

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