Four area students placed in the top 10 at the regional spelling bee in Topeka on Saturday afternoon.
Ricky Hu a sixth-grader at Marysville Elementary came in second at the competition, which took place at Seaman High School.
Genevieve Archer, an eighth-grader at St. Mary’s Academy in St. Marys, placed sixth out of 45 students from 24 counties in northeast Kansas.
Stephanie Fu, an eighth-grader at Anthony Middle School, took eighth.
And Dylan Brunkow a seventh-grader at Onaga Grade School, tied for 10th place.
The students earned the right to compete in the regional bee by placing in the top two at their county bees.
Hu won the Marshall County bee. Joe Jesperson, a sixth-grader at Marysville Elementary, took second.
Fu won the Riley County bee. Ella Rosenkranz, a sixth-grader from Bluemont Elementary, took second.
Archer won the Pottawatomie County bee, and Brunkow took second.
In the end, Ethan Perrins, an eighth-grader from Lawrence, won the regional competition, spelling “disembark.”
Perrins will in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. The Capital-Journal, which has hosted the regional bee for 61 years, sponsors the week-long trip for the speller and a parent.