FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Forty finalists from area schools tried their luck at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee Saturday.
Students from Tippecanoe and nine surrounding counties competed for the chance to spell on the national stage in Washington, D.C.
The event was held at Frankfort High School's auxiliary gym.
Prarie Crossing Elementary student Jacob Brouillette said even though he practiced a lot, he was still nervous.
"It really helped me get my confidence up afterward, and then I just got up there, took a deep breath and said my word and got back down," said Brouillette.
Battle Ground Middle School student Jashun Paluru won the regional title for the third straight year.
He and a parent or guardian will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Paluru finished 10th and 17th the past two years at nationals.
Preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee begin on May 31.