Two Peabody-Burns Junior High seventh graders and five eighth graders competed Sept. 8 in the Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee.
In the first round, 111 competitors were asked to spell 30 words on paper.
Twenty-seven competitors were chosen for the oral competition, including three from PBJH: Willow Stewart, McKenzie Ensminger, and Seth Topham.
After the first oral round, 18 spellers were left, and seven, including Stewart, remained after round two.
Stewart did not advance to the final round of three.
Swetha Jasti of Olathe spelled facetious and oxymoron to defeat Dalyn Anderson of Sedgwick.
Jasti earned a $100 savings bond, and Anderson took home one worth $50.
Other PBJH students competing were Cierra Foth, Brandee Burnett, Zach Preheim, and Austin Savage.