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Twelve to vie for spelling bee champion

Updated: April 10, 2013 6:02AM

GRAYSLAKE — Twelve sectional winners will compete in the Lake County Final Spelling Bee at the College of Lake County, March 20, in Room C005, at 7 p.m.

The finalists survived three sectional spelling bees Feb. 25 through Feb. 28 which saw students from 125 public and non-public schools in Lake County participating in the contests co-sponsored by the Lake County Regional Office of Education and the Jelly Belly Candy Co.

One final Lake County winner will win a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., to compete May 26 through June 1. All expenses for the seven-day trip will be paid cooperatively by the Regional Office of Education and Jelly Belly.

The 12 finalists include:

Ani Nuthalapati, Meridian Middle School, Buffalo Grove; Marianne Gunnarsson, Northwood Junior High School, Highland Park; Brandon Hao, Arnett C. Lines Elementary School, Barrington; Pranav Sivakumar, Barrington Middle School-Station Campus, Barrington.

Victoria Amponsah, Most Blessed Trinity Academy, Waukegan; Josh Smoron, Viking Middle School, Gurnee; Matthew Tantengco, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Waukegan; Spencer Vang, Oak Grove School, Green Oaks.

Sky Aubel, Gavin South Junior High School, Ingleside; Andrew Butler, B.J. Hooper School, Lindenhurst; Nathan Metz, Woodland Middle School, Gurnee; Elijah Murcia, John T. Magee Middle School, Round Lake.

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