The Pequot Lakes District Spelling Bee took place Thursday, Feb. 20, where spellmasters could impel participants to succeed without aspersion, and be assuasive without damaging the potentially haughty, frangible egos of their clientele.

Participating middle-schoolers attempted many of the words in the previous sentence. Ultimately, eighth-grader Ryan Fritz walked away the winner, correctly spelling "frangible" to move onto the regional bee.

Seventh-grader Lake Rowland earned the runner-up spot, falling to the word "charactonym."

The district bee lasted seven rounds, with students attempting to spell "aquifer," "collateral," "exorcist" and "patrilocal."

Winners of the grade-level spelling bee were fifth-grader Levi Winkka, sixth-grader Jackson Wait-Learned, seventh-grader Autumn Hecker and eighth-grader Betsy Boyda. Words attempted in those rounds included "guanine," "hokum," "solace" and "dropsonde."

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The regional spelling bee will take place Wednesday, March 25, in Staples.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or dan.determan@pineandlakes.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Dan.