Eureka.
That is the word that won Loralai Kruid the annual Leavenworth County Spelling Bee.

Eureka.

That is the word that won Loralai Kruid the annual Leavenworth County Spelling Bee.

“I’m just excited to get this far,” said Kruid, an eighth-grader at Pleasant Ridge Middle School.

She was one of 35 students who competed in the spelling bee, which was organized by the Leavenworth Area Retired School Personnel Association.

“It's been a great bee I think,” said Gerald Carder, president of LARSPA.

This was the 58th year LARSPA has sponsored the event.

Kruid said she earned the chance to compete at the Leavenworth County Spelling Bee after winning a grade level bee at her school.

Perhaps not surprising, Kruid said English is her favorite subject at school.

Ellie Johnson, an eighth-grader from Lansing Middle School, finished in second place.

Kruid and Johnson will advance to a regional spelling bee that will take place March 3 in Hays.

Participants in the regional bee will have the chance to advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Johnson admitted she initially did not want to advance to another spelling bee, but she is proud of her accomplishment.

Niklas Schintgen, a seventh-grader at Lansing Middle School, and Kalia Fountaine, an eighth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School, tied for third place at this year's Leavenworth County Spelling Bee.

Initially, only Schintgen was recognized as the third-place finisher. But after the bee concluded, it was announced that Schintgen and Fountaine had tied because they were eliminated in the same round.

Fountaine finished in second place during last year's Leavenworth County Spelling Bee.

The Leavenworth Times sponsored the first-place prize of $50 for the county spelling bee. LARSPA provided the second-place prize of $35. The Lansing Kiwanis Club sponsored the third-place prize of a dictionary.

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