Two eighth-grade students from Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville placed first and second in the 30th annual spelling bee in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on Dec. 17.
Paige Erickson finished first while Luke Haddorff placed second. Anh Lien, a sixth-grader from Hidden Valley Elementary in Savage was third.
Others rounding out the top 10 (in alphabetical order) were: Olivia Brammer of Eagle Ridge Junior High, Bradley Bruha of Marion W. Savage Elementary, Thanhminh Dinh of Eagle Ridge Junior High, Harvey Duong of Nicollet Junior High, Ishmail Mohamed of Vista View Elementary, Jason Miller of St. John’s School and Chance Persons of Sioux Trail Elementary.
Thirty-one students in grades 5 through 8, who were the building champions of their schools, competed in the district spelling bee.
The event began with Superintendent Joe Gothard presenting medals to every participant.
“You are all champions,” he told them.