Jaeden Roussey receives his champion certificate from Judge Matt Widenhoefer. â€” Post & Mail photo / Robin R. Plasterer
CHURUBUSCO â€” It took 22 rounds of words to name Jaeden Roussey Whitley Countyâ€™s Spelling Bee Champion Wednesday.
He is 10 years old and a son of Selda and Rod Roussey. He is in the fifth grade at Coesse Elementary School.
The word Roussey won on was â€śmiso,â€ť which means a food paste made of soybeans, salt and usually fermented grain, used especially in Japanese cooking.
Winning second place was Samuel Rickerd, a fifth grader at South Whitley Elementary School and son of Mark and Sarah Rickerd.
Others competing were Joey More, third place and in grade five at Northern Heights Elementary School; J.D. Krider, fourth place and in the fifth grade at Churubusco Elementary School; Kaitlyn Ness, fifth place and in grade five at Little Turtle Elementary School; Dalton Walker, sixth place and in grade seven at Churubusco Junior Senior High School; Megan McKean, seventh place and in grade five at Mary Raber Elementary School and Eric Yager, eighth place and in grade six at Indian Springs Middle School.
Serving as judges were Tanya Young, Shellie Miller, Matt Widenhoefer and Nicole Veit. The recorder was Janet Thomas.
Coordinators of the spelling bee were Mindy Hart and Karen Eckert.
Roussey will compete in the Regional Spelling Bee March 10 at IPFWâ€™s Music Center.