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WENATCHEE – Two dozen youngsters from the region’s schools have qualified for the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee.

The event has been postponed because of the gubernatorial order to shut down schools until April 24. The National Scripps Spelling Bee, originally set for May 24-29 in Washington, D.C., has been suspended.

Washington Apple Education Foundation coordinates the regional event. Students in fourth through eighth grades from Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties were eligible to participate.

To earn entry to the regional bee, each competitor must place in the top two of their school building local spelling bee.

Area regional finalists, by school, are:

Mansfield - George Murison and Megan Wick, both seventh-graders.

Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Okanogan - Joseph Kruse, fifth grade, and Emmett Allenby, fourth grade.

Omak Middle School - Xavier Levi, eighth grade, and Bayley Ross, sixth grade.

Tonasket Elementary School - Xen Fardys and Jared Aparicio-Pena, both fifth-graders.

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