Kids compete in Inland Valley Spelling Bee in Walnut

Finalists Madeleine Salem, a fifth grader from Rhodes Elementary School, Jonathan Sun, a seventh grader from South Pointe Middle School, and Hannah Silvestro, a sixth grader from St. Margaret Mary School.

Local students competed in a Saturday contest at Mt. San Antonio College’s Clarke Theater. The winner will represent the Inland region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

Hannah Silvestro, a sixth-grader from St. Margaret Mary School won. Madeline Salem, a fifth-grader from Rhodes Elementary came in second. And a seventh-grader from South Pointe Middle School in Diamond Bar, Jonathan Sun, came in third.

More than 100 local schools enrolled in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program last fall. Eligible spellers must be enrolled in a state-approved education system in eighth grade or below and are 14 years old or younger.