Two Discovery School spelling champs head to regional contest in Fergus Falls

Sixth-grader Collin Aber took first place after correctly spelling "lustrum" and "cuirass."

Thomas Dutcher, left, and Collin Aber<br/>

ALEXANDRIA — Discovery Middle School will send two students to the upcoming Regional Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls following a 17-round spelling showdown.

During an initial competition at Discovery, students spelled words that send adults scrambling to the dictionary. Collin Aber, a sixth-grader, took first place after correctly spelling "lustrum" and "cuirass."

Thomas Dutcher, grade 8, was the runner up. Both Collin and Thomas will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls early this month.

In all, nine spellers qualified for the oral spelling round by being the top spellers in their grade level determined by a written qualifying exam.

Discovery Middle School spelling bee participants: Front, from left: Adley Lorentz, grade 6; Collin Aber, grade 6; Nils Stadsklev, grade 7; Lauren Gates, grade 6. Back, from left: Mae Denne, grade 7; Joshua Makalinao, grade 8; Thomas Dutcher, grade 8; Shaelyn Groen, grade 8; Colton Nolden, grade 7. (Contributed / School District 206)

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