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Jacob Richter qualifies for spelling bee finals

8-year-old boy competes against older students

Laurel School third-grader Jacob Richter is going to the Bay Area finals of the Chronicle Spelling Bee to be held Saturday, March 19, in San Francisco.

Jacob, 8, qualified for the finals by placing among the top 50 spellers in the Chronicle Spelling Bee semi-finals on Feb. 19. The spellers at the semi-finals ranged in age up to those in the eighth-grade.

The winner of the Bay Area finals will be invited to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June.

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