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Students perform well at regional spelling bee

Sarah Boettcher, Eli Burton, Nadia Yliniemi competed at the Regional Spelling Bee. (Submitted photo)

Three area students competed in the Regional Spelling Bee, held Feb. 7 at Northland Technical and Community College in Thief River Falls.

Thirty-eight students were given a 50-word written spelling test. Nadia Yliniemi scored 38 and won a plaque for being one of the top 12. Sarah Boettcher scored 36, and Eli Burton scored 32. All three advanced to the afternoon oral spelling bee. Burton made it the furthest in the oral portion, getting eliminated in the fourth round when he misspelled the word "variegated." Yliniemi and Burton attend Century Middle School in Park Rapids and Boettcher is a seventh grader in Nevis.