Two students from Columbus qualified for the 2019 Georgia Spelling Bee by finishing first and second Saturday in the Region 6 competition at Fort Valley State University. St. Anne Pacelli-Catholic School eighth-grader Elizabeth Turner, right, was the winner, and Reese Road Leadership Academy fifth-grader Ryan Tadiparthi was the runner-up.
Two students from Columbus qualified for the 2019 Georgia Spelling Bee by finishing first and second Saturday in the Region 6 competition at Fort Valley State University. St. Anne Pacelli-Catholic School eighth-grader Elizabeth Turner, right, was the winner, and Reese Road Leadership Academy fifth-grader Ryan Tadiparthi was the runner-up. Angel Cash
Two students from Columbus qualified for the 2019 Georgia Spelling Bee by finishing first and second Saturday in the Region 6 competition at Fort Valley State University. St. Anne Pacelli-Catholic School eighth-grader Elizabeth Turner, right, was the winner, and Reese Road Leadership Academy fifth-grader Ryan Tadiparthi was the runner-up. Angel Cash

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