Rykers’ Ridge Spell Bowl Team: Pictured, from left to right, back, Ann Motenko, Christi Burnett, Chloe Barron, Taylor Harsin, Madison Ginn, Annie Mahoney and Kyli Bell; and front, Constance Houston, Grace Pittman, Lindsay Shepherd, Parker Wilson, Sebastian Biallas and Jake Cooper. (Submitted photo)
Rykers’ Ridge Spell Bowl Team: Pictured, from left to right, back, Ann Motenko, Christi Burnett, Chloe Barron, Taylor Harsin, Madison Ginn, Annie Mahoney and Kyli Bell; and front, Constance Houston, Grace Pittman, Lindsay Shepherd, Parker Wilson, Sebastian Biallas and Jake Cooper. (Submitted photo)
The Rykers' Ridge Intermediate Spell Bowl team took second place in the state competition last week, missing first-place by one point.

Students Kyli Bell, Sebastian Biallas, Madison Ginn, Taylor Harsin, Annie Mahoney, Grace Pittman, Lindsay Shephard, Parker Wilson, Chloe Barron, Jake Cooper and Constance Houston make up the team coached by Christi Burnett and Ann Motenko.

"We practiced a lot," Grace Pittman said. "We try to goof off and laugh a lot too," she said.

Burnett and Motenko said they have their team members take many spelling tests and set individual goals. They even showed the team the movie "Hoosiers" to inspire them.

"It's about a small town team competing in state, so we thought it would be good to show them," Motenko said.

Lydia Middleton Elementary School, also competing in the Intermediate Spell Bowl, finished 15th.

Lydia Middleton's spellers were Aaron Bailey, Hagen Frieske, Lydia Bladen, Nathan Elicio, Casy Anderson, Carter Schutte, Maddie Cline, Hailey Jenkins, Elizabeth Tussey, Madison Martin, Ruby Jacobs and Gibson Faulkner.

Madison Junior High School's Spell Bowl team also participated in the Spell Bowl state finals this month.

On Nov. 16, the junior high school team came in third in its class and placed in the top 10 overall.

The Spell Bowl junior high school team is made up of Adonis Wells, Eric Shelton, Isaac Boone, Harper Smith, Hannah Akers, Miranda Anderson, Blake Buxton, Luka Chabukashvili, Justin Davis, Bella Eriksson, Izzy Glasgow, David Hayes, Mya Nay, Connor Steveley and Nancy Strasemeier.