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Photos: Austin advances spellers

Eighth-grader Eeva Nelson took first place during the Austin Public Schools Spelling Bee Wednesday on the championship word “lugubrious.” Eighth-grader Peyton Clark was second after a 10-round spell-off with Nelson. Eighth-grader Bhan Kerjiok was third.

Nelson and Clark will represent Austin Public Schools at the Regional Spelling Bee at 9 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Rochester with Bhan serving as an alternate.

Aubrey Ruzek spells a word under the lights of the Ellis Middle School auditorium during the Austin Public Schools Spelling Bee Wednesday morning.

Fifth-grader Snow Due listens for her word in the second round.