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PHOTO GALLERY: Students compete at the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 10:34 p.m. CDT; updated 10:07 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

COLUMBIA — Students competed in the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday in hopes of earning the honor to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by Christian Fellowship School, featured 53 students from the seven counties in the Tribune's delivery area ranging from third to eighth grade.

Priscilla Liow, 14, won the contest by correctly spelling "neptunium." Liow won an all-expenses paid trip for two to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 27 to June 1. 

To test your spelling skills, take the Missourian's online spelling contest, which was created back in 2008 with the help of that year's winner, Christian Ackmann.

If you want to share your photos from the spelling bee, send them to submissions@columbiamissourian.com.

Braelynn Hampton, 9, waits with her dad, Chad Hampton, at the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday at Christian Fellowship School. Braelynn, a student at Hallsville Intermediate School, was waiting to get her portrait taken by a Columbia Tribune photographer before the competition.
Junah Jang, a student from Mill Creek Elementary, anxiously awaits the start of the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee competition Tuesday at Christian Fellowship School. Students in third through eighth grade qualified for the regional spelling bee by winning their local school spelling bee.
Darian Parker, 11, spells a word at the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday at Christian Fellowship School. The winner of the regional spelling bee, home-schooled student Priscilla Liow,14, will go on to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Jasmine Brown attempts to spell a word at the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday at Christian Fellowship School.
Nate Brannan is told he misspelled a word at the Columbia Daily Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday at Christian Fellowship School. Fifty-three students from a variety of schools competed to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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