Participants in the 2013 Spring Grove District Spelling Bee were, front row, Jadyn Olerud, Brock Schuttemeier (3rd place), Devon Nerstad (1st), Chandler Bergrud (2nd) and Kai Bjerke; middle row: Grace Edgington, Carter Bratland, Nick Peterson, Camron Sylling, Caleb Nerstad, Mariah Edgington, Amelia Solum and Emily Myrah; and back row: Chase Grinde, Sam Sanness, Casey Otterness, Luke Schneider, Kaitlyn Gross, Stine Myrah and Corbin Moser.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->SGH/Deschler
Participants in the 2013 Spring Grove District Spelling Bee were, front row, Jadyn Olerud, Brock Schuttemeier (3rd place), Devon Nerstad (1st), Chandler Bergrud (2nd) and Kai Bjerke; middle row: Grace Edgington, Carter Bratland, Nick Peterson, Camron Sylling, Caleb Nerstad, Mariah Edgington, Amelia Solum and Emily Myrah; and back row: Chase Grinde, Sam Sanness, Casey Otterness, Luke Schneider, Kaitlyn Gross, Stine Myrah and Corbin Moser.

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Spelling words from "family" to "dire" to "providential" to "audacious", students in fifth through eighth grades tested their spelling skills at the Spring Grove School District Spelling Bee on Jan. 15.

Twenty students earned spots to participate in the Spelling Bee. The top five spellers from each grade level, as determined in their classrooms, participated in the bee.

This year's participants included: fifth grade - Chandler Bergrud, Carter Bratland, Emily Myrah, Caleb Nerstad and Amelia Solum; sixth grade - Kai Bjerke, Mariah Edgington, Corbin Moser, Nick Peterson and Camron Sylling; seventh grade - Kaitlyn Gross, Jadyn Olerud, Casey Otterness, Sam Sanness and Luke Schneider; and eighth grade - Grace Edgington, Chase Grinde, Stine Myrah, Devon Nerstad and Brock Schuttemeier.

After the rules were read, the students were called up in random order to test his or her spelling skills. The pronouncer for the bee was Scott Solberg.

The judges recorded the spellings of the words, declaring if a word was correctly or incorrectly spelled. If a speller stopped mid-word and repeated a spelling, they had to repeat the same letters already said, even if they realized they were inaccurate. The judges were Missy Bratland and Erin Gjere.

After seven rounds, fourth place was determined. There was a three-way tie for fourth place - Jadyn Olerud, Kai Bjerke and Caleb Nerstad.

The final three spellers continued as the difficulty of the words increased. After Chandler Bergrud misspelled a word, Devon Nerstad had to spell a word correctly to become the champion.

Nerstad was given the word "raucous", which he spelled correctly making him the District Spelling Bee champion for the third year in a row.

Bergrud finished in second place while Brock Schuttemeier took third.

Nerstad will now advance to the Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester.

From the Regional Bee, 12 winners will advance to the Southeast Minnesota Spelling Bee final on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The state winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. held in the end of May.