EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville School District 7 announced the winners of the District Spelling Bee Monday.

Nineteen students advanced to the District 7 Spelling Bee. These students were the top spellers out the

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A total of 3,300 students began this competition in District 7.

Selin Aktuna, a seventh-grader from Liberty Middle School, earned the championship title.

At the end of the night, Abigail Stacy, a sixth-grader from Liberty Middle School and Jasmyn Story, an eighth-grader from Lincoln Middle School, tied this year as runner-ups.

A full list of students who participated in the District 7 Spelling Bee Competition is below:

Yorm Nutsukpui, Andrew Wang, Eaghan Bester, Thomas Melton, Zinnia Allen, Addison Hohlt, Kennedy Jackson, Ian Mcginness, Owen Hicks, Avarie Schwartz, Kaitlyn Devries, Natalie Becker, Akira Malik, and Carter Rives.

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The following students won their building level competition and advanced to the Post-Dispatch Regional Spelling competition, which will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2017, at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.

Cassens Elementary: Yorm Nutsukpui, fourth-grade

Columbus Elementary: Thomas Melton, fifth-grade

Woodland Elementary: Addison Hohit, fifth-grade

Worden Elementary: Owen Hicks, fifth-grade

Liberty Middle School: Abigail Stacy, sixth-grade

Lincoln Middle School: Jasmyn Story, eighth-grade

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