Annual bee puts spotlight on learning

Congratulations to River Elementary School eight-grader Peyton Hall, who won the 34th annual Marietta Times Regional Spelling Bee Friday night.

Hall came out on top of 51 other spellers from eight school districts in Washington, Wood, Monroe, Noble and Pleasants counties. It was a tough competition as the winning speller had to persevere through 14 rounds of spelling.

As regional champion Hall will represent this area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. from May 25-31. We’re sure the trip to Washington will be a thrilling one for Hall and his family. In fact, Hall already has plans to get in plenty of sightseeing in addition to some last-minute spelling practice.

We wish him all the best. His spelling bee game plan of keeping things simple has paid off so far.

We also want to applaud the efforts of all of the other spellers who participated in Friday’s regional bee in Marietta and students who worked hard in their own school’s bees, which sent winners to the regional bee.

And did you notice the picture in the weekend paper of runner-up Will Mullen, a St. Mary School eighth-grader shaking the hand of bee winner Hall? That’s a laudable show of sportsmanship by two young men in a pressure-packed situation.

One final note, we also congratulate everyone who worked to make the regional spelling bee another success. Thanks to their dedication, this year’s competition showcased students who excel in academics.

And once again, good job and good luck, Peyton Hall.