The Rykers' Ridge Elementary School Spell Bowl Team is preparing for the upcoming regional Spell Bowl at Sand Creek Elementary in North Vernon. The competition will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Rykers' Ridge team won the district Spell Bowl in October with a perfect score.

Spell bowl team members are (front row, from left) Constance Houston, Madison Ginn, Grace Pittman and Lindsay Shepherd; (middle row, from left) Annie Mahoney, Taylor Harsin, Parker Wilson, and Sebastian Biallas; (back row, from left) Kyli Bell, Spell bowl coach Christi Burnett, Jake Cooper and Chloe Barron. Co-coach Ann Motenko was unavailable for the photograph.

The second place team from the district Spell Bowl, Lydia Middleton Elementary School, will also advance to the regionals. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/