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Top regional spellers

From left are fifth-grade champion Connor Pickett of Iron Mountain East Elementary School and runner-up Logan Grondin of Kingsford Middle School.
Sixth-grade champion Parker Vassar of Bishop Baraga Catholic School in Iron Mountain and runner-up Cade Davy of Norway-Vulcan Middle School.
Eighth-grade champion Jadyn Grassinger of Kingsford Middle School and runner-up Micah Treiber of Iron Mountain Central Middle School.
Seventh-grade champion Zoey Mellon and runner-up Jack Wilinski, both of Kingsford Middle School.

The Upper Peninsula Community Education Association Regional Spelling Bees took place Feb. 17, hosted by Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools. The fifth- and sixth-grade bees were at the Iron Mountain High School Auditorium and the seventh- and eighth-grade bees were in the Kingsford Middle School Media Center. The champion and runner-up in each grade level have qualified to compete at the U.P. Spelling Bee Finals set for March 11 and hosted by Ishpeming, Negaunee, NICE Community Schools.

The overall U.P. Champion will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be televised on ESPN. The prize package is sponsored by Scripps and the Upper Peninsula Community Education Association.

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