MARSHALL — Twenty-five students participated in the Feb. 1-5 virtual Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the Southwest West Central (SWWC) Service Cooperative.

SWWC used an online testing platform created by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The top four place winners have advanced to the Multi-Region State Spelling Bee, which will take place on Tuesday. The winner from the Multi-Region State Bee will then go on to the National Spelling Bee, which will take place June 1-3.

Alexander Reum, an eighth-grader at Worthington Middle School, placed third in the Regional Spelling Bee and advanced to Multi-Region State Bee. Also competing in the regional event were WMS students Austin Kinser (grade seven) and Austin Kinser (grade eight).

Schools in the 18-county service areas were invited to participate in the Regional Spelling Bee. The Multi-Region State Spelling Bee is sponsored by the Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Northeast Service Cooperative, Northwest Service Cooperative, Resource Training & Solutions and the SWWC Service Cooperative.

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