Nolan Reed, son of Michael & Rhonda Reed, an eighth-grader at Joseph Welty Middle School, won the The Repository’s 68th Regional Final Spelling Bee, held Saturday. Nolan prepared for the contest by studying a computerized list of practice words. “We just studied it over and over,” Reed, 13, said. “I studied a lot.” Reed receives an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee May 25-31.Reed’s final act on stage was spelling two words correctly. They were “wainscot” and “guillotine.”Regarding future career plans, Reed said, “I want to be some kind of engineer.”
There were 53 contestants scheduled for the Bee. The early rounds eliminated many contestants. The students were from schools in Stark, Tuscarawas, Holmes and Carroll counties. All the best, Nolan, at the National Bee!