TOPEKA, Kan Students from 26 Kansas counties competed to spell their way to the top at this years Topeka Capital-Journal spelling bee.
The 61st annual spelling bee was held at Seaman High School Saturday afternoon. Approximately 50 students were vying for the regional championship to represent the Capital-Journal at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington DC May 26-31.
The two youngest spellers in the competition were two fourth graders from Shawnee County. Ethan Sun from Jay Shideler Elementary lost in the fifth round. While Jude Wright from Meadows Elementary lost in the sixth round.
The big winner was Ethan Perrins an eighth grader at Southwest Middle School in Lawrence. The winning work was disembark. The Capital-Journal will sponsor Perrins and one parent for the week-long trip to Washington DC.
New for 2014 were two vocabulary rounds. They were oral rounds that alternated with the spelling rounds.