Crestview seventh-grader is 10th at JG Regional Spelling Bee Saturday

Spencer Blackburn, a seventh grade student at Crestview Middle School, received 10th place in the 65th annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee presented by STAR Financial Bank on Saturday, March 9.

Blackburn, the son of Kevin and Evie Blackburn, of Huntington, lost out on his bid in round 4.

Grant Flora, an eighth-grader from West Noble Middle School in Noble County, was the champion, correctly spelling “cuis-inier” to win the bee.

Flora will represent northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio at the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, DC, in May.