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DeKalb County spelling bee winners

Butler Elementary School

Vance Erwin, grade 5, son of Tom and Cheryl Erwin, spelled ardent to win. Runner-up Madison Schaaf, grade 6, daughter of John and Meggin Schaaf.

Country Meadow Elementary School

Darlen Harris, grade 5, daughter of David and Jodi Harris, spelled incoherently to win. Runner-up Trevor Wineland, grade 5, son of Nicole and Shannon Wineland.

DeKalb Middle School

Aspen Bell, grade 8, daughter of David and Jennifer Bell, spelled idyll to win. Runner-up Hunter Grate, grade 8, son of Brad and Karen Grate.

Eastside Junior Senior High School

Katrina Knowlton, grade 7, daughter of Walter and Tonia Knowlton, spelled unwonted to win. Runner-up Trevor Baird, grade 8, son of Christina Pawul.

James R. Watson Elementary School

Jackson Lee, grade 5, son of Josh and Jennifer Lee, spelled weakness to win. Runner-up Gracie Payton, grade 5, daughter of Chad and Lyndsay Haverstock.

McKenney-Harrison Elementary School

Reese Matthews, grade 4, son of Dan and Ruth Matthews, spelled conclude to win. Runner-up Caleigh Yarian, grade 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Yarian.

Riverdale Elementary School

Grace Brunson, grade 6, daughter of Gary and Char Brunson, spelled enamel to win. Runner-up Alan Ives, grade 6, son of Melanie and Kurt Ives.

St. Joseph Catholic School

Libby Detcher, grade 6, daughter of Dave and Amy Demske, spelled parasite to win. Runner-up Regina Novy, grade 8, daughter of Thomas Novy.

Waterloo Elementary School

Jannessa Bailey, grade 5, daughter of Robert Malott and Vanessa Bailey, spelled conclude to win. Runner-up Caitlyn Bradshaw, grade 5, of Mike and Lisa Bradshaw.