Two Lynchburg-area students made it to round three of last month’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

New Covenant Schools sixth grader Jenna Ng and Staunton River Middle School eighth grader Sky Estrada claimed victory at their respective regional spelling bees and won trips to the national bee in Washington D.C. in late May.

The News & Advance sponsored Jenna’s trip, and The Roanoke Times sponsored Sky.

At the national spelling bee, both Jenna and Sky went up against at least 567 other contestants and made it to the third round spelling words like “pessimum,” “hartal,” “inhibition” and “rockoon.”

After the third round, spellers who scored the highest on the preliminaries test and had spelled all their words correctly on stage moved onto round four.

The preliminaries test consisted of 12 scored spelling words and 12 scored vocabulary questions for round one and another scored vocabulary question each for round two and three.

Jenna and Sky didn’t qualify for round four.

This year marked Jenna’s second trip to the national bee and a first for Sky.

Sky was Bedford County’s first regional bee winner since 2010.

Liz Ramos covers K-12 education for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434)385-5532.

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Liz Ramos covers K-12 education for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434)385-5532.

Liz Ramos covers K-12 education for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5532.

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