Wayne Trace seventh grader Faith Meraz (left) is shown taking her turn at the microphone at the Journal Gazette Spelling Bee. Meraz tied for third place with two other spellers. Erin Cox/DHI Media
Wayne Trace seventh grader Faith Meraz (left) is shown taking her turn at the microphone at the Journal Gazette Spelling Bee. Meraz tied for third place with two other spellers. Erin Cox/DHI Media
By ERIN COX

DHI Media News Editor

FORT WAYNE – Lincolnview seventh grader Una VanWynsberghe won the 63rd annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee last Saturday morning.

VanWynsberghe also won the Bee last year and went on to compete at the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. VanWynsberghe will be making the trip again in May.

Also competing Saturday was Wayne Trace seventh grader Faith Meraz, who tied for third with two other spellers. Meraz made it to the 15th round of spelling.

VanWynsberghe won the Bee in the 18th round with the word “rosalia”.

Sixteen other spellers from northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana competed in the Bee at IPFW on Saturday.

The competition was intense as six spellers made it into the 13th round.

Meraz correctly spelled words like “junta,” “pumpernickel” and “intractable”. In round 13 she misspelled her word, but the competition wasn’t over for her yet.

VanWynsberghe was the only contestant to correctly spell her word, “samphire”, in round 13, but missed the anticipated championship word in round 14 which means that all the contestants that were in round 13 were brought back out for another round of spelling.

In round 15, Meraz and three other spellers misspelled their word, but VanWynsberghe and Aditya Vaidya, a sixth grader at Harrison Elementary in Kosciusko County, Ind., correctly spelled theirs.

Both missed their words in round 16.

VanWynsberghe correctly spelled “roux” in the 17th round to move on to round 18 with the anticipated championship word “rosalia” which she correctly spelled for the win.