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OCCA defends title at CANWO Spelling Bee

Ottawa County Christian Academy’s elementary students won five of six individual awards as well as the overall school championship trophy at the 2014 Christian Academies of Northwest Ohio (CANWO) Spelling Bee and Speech Competition held at Temple Christian Academy last Friday.

The competition is for elementary students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. A total of 67 students from OCCA, Temple Christian Academy (Fremont) and Harvest Temple Christian Academy (Clyde) competed in the event. 

The spelling and speech competitions were broken into the following divisions: K-1, 2nd & 3rd, and 4th-6th. Among the winners for OCCA were: Austin Marzke (Genoa), K-1 Spelling Champion; Jaxan Bickelhaupt (Fremont), K-1 Spelling Runner-up and K-1 Speech Champion; Kellen Bickelhaupt (Oak Harbor), 2nd-3rd Spelling Champion; Ryan Kozak (Genoa), 4th-6th Spelling Runner-up; Carmen Bickelhaupt (Oak Harbor), 2nd-3rd Speech Champion; and Breanna Slessman (Oak Harbor), 4th-6th Speech Champion. Darren Conklin of TCA was the 4th-6th Spelling Bee Champion.

Students also were awarded ribbons for their speech performances. A three-judge panel issued blue ribbons to those scoring 30-27 points (30 being the highest), red ribbons for 26-24 scores and green ribbons for 23-20 scores. All scores below 20 received yellow participation ribbons. OCCA’s blue ribbon performances included: Xoie Bickelhaupt (Fremont), Kendyle Baer (Curtice), Aiden Slessman (Oak Harbor), Luke Hawkins (Oak Harbor), Breanna Slessman, and Carmen Bickelhaupt.

The overall school championship trophy was determined by the following scoring procedure: schools received five points for every champion represented, one point for every blue ribbon received and one point for each spelling runner up. The total score was then divided by the number of students competing from that school. OCCA won the trophy for the second consecutive year, garnering 33 points and a final score of 1.74.

OCCA is a private, non-chartered religious school located between S.R. 163 and S.R. 105 just past the Oak Harbor High School at 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd.

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