Home-schooled student Laura Estep of Clarke County stretches to reach the microphone Wednesday during the opening round of The Winchester Star 36th annual Regional Spelling Bee at Daniel Morgan Middle School. Behind her are some of the other competitors. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
ABOVE:William VanMeter of Frederick County waits for his turn at the microphone during Wednesday evening’s spelling bee. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
RIGHT: Home-schooled student Edwin Estep faces judges Mattie Fries (left) and Phoebe West during the bee. Edwin comes from a long line of good spellers. His older brother, Samuel, won the bee in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and his older sister, Marissa, won in 2004 and 2006. Edwin did not place in Wednesday’s competition.