District and Regional Spelling Bee winner Melanie Jones of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School became the fifth grade U.P. Spelling Bee Champion at the annual competition held at Westwood High School in Ishpeming on Wednesday, March 14. Jones competed against 13 other top spellers from across the U.P. Divisions. The win qualified Jones to advance to the overall finals held at Negaunee High School several hours later. The level of completion was stepped up there as she competed against sixth, seventh and eighth grade champions. Jones came in fourth. The winner now moves on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D,C. which will air on ESPN at the end of May. 26p1_0.jpg