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Top Buckeye Local spellers

Cara Motto, a seventh-grader at Buckeye Local Junior High School, placed first in the Buckeye Local School District spelling bee on Wednesday at Buckeye Local High School. She correctly spelled “marooned,” meaning to be abandoned or isolated with little hope of rescue or escape, to finish first in the district bee for the third time. Taking part in the awards ceremony were, from left, seated, Motto; Sophie Schuetz, a seventh-grader at Buckeye Local Junior High, second; Cullen Coyne, a fifth-grader at Buckeye South Elementary, third; Olivia Takach, a sixth-grader at Buckeye West Elementary, fourth; and Jack Newell, a sixth-grader at Buckeye West Elementary, fifth; back, Susan Nolan, Buckeye North Elementary principal and district spelling bee coordinator; Kirsten Morgan, a sixth-grader at Buckeye West Elementary, sixth; Tera Carmalt, a sixth-grader at Buckeye West Elementary, seventh; Brooke Kovalski, a sixth-grader at Buckeye West Elementary, eighth; Mason Meeks, a sixth-grader at Buckeye North Elementary, first alternate; Cassie Burkhead, an eighth-grader at Buckeye Local Junior High, second alternate; Kim Leonard, Buckeye Local superintendent; and Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. The top eight spellers and two alternates will advance to the Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee, presented by the Herald-Star, at 11 a.m. on March 14 at the Buckeye North Elementary School at Brilliant. — Esther McCoy

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