An eighth grader at John R. Lea Middle School is the winner of this year’s Wayne County Spelling Bee.  Makena Conrad, who was also a contestant in last year’s spelling bee, outlasted Lexi Mast, a middle schooler from Dalton, to take first place at the event, which is now in its 68th year.  The top ten placers from Tuesday night will now advance to the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee, coming up in March.