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    Jasper Middle School seventh-grader Abhay Rathee examined an answer during the first round of the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Dubois Middle School sixth-grader Chloe Terwiske thought about her answer before writing it during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Jasper Middle School sixth-grader Suchitraa Bandarau raised her hand to indicate she had just gotten an answer correct during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Jasper Middle School sixth-grader Kimber Schnarr wrote an answer during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Forest Park Junior High eighth-grader Erika Uebelhor reacted as the correct spelling of a word was revealed during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Heritage Hills Middle School eighth-grader Kayla Blake reacted as an answer was displayed during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Southridge Middle School sixth-grader Evie Sherer carefully wrote an answer during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Heritage Hills Middle School eighth-grader Andrew Sadler examined his answer during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    After Dubois Middle School eighth-grader Mara Shroering, left, received a perfect score at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School, she was congratulated by teammate Mykenzie Harrison, an eighth-grader, and sixth-grade language arts teacher Christine Dorsam. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Southridge Middle School sixth-grader Audra Hochgesang examined an answer during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Southridge Middle School sixth-grader Weston Allen carefully wrote an answer during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Heritage Hills Middle School seventh-grader Peyton Roedel turned to her teammates during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Forest Park Junior High eighth-grader Skyla McKim glanced back at her teammates in excitement after she received a perfect score during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Dubois Middle School sixth-graders Olivia Schroering, left, Allison Roach and Maggie Stephenson celebrated together after placing first in their class at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl junior-division area contest Tuesday at Jasper Middle School. Rachel Mummey/The Herald