The sectionals, co-sponsored by the Lake County Regional Office of Education and the Jelly Belly Candy Company, featured students from 125 public and non-pubic schools in Lake County.
Metz and 11 other sectional finalists will next compete in the Lake County Final Spelling Bee at the College of Lake County at 7 p.m. March 20.
One final winner will Win a trip to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. to compete May 26 through June l. All expenses for the 7-day trip will be paid cooperatively by Lake County Regional Office of Education and the Jelly Belly Candy Company.
Other sectional finalists from the area include:
- Elijah Murcia, eighth-grader, John T. Magee Middle School, District 116
- Andrew Butler, sixth-grader, B.J. Hooper School, District 41
- Sky Aubel, seventh-grader, Gavin South Jr. High, District 37
- Josh Smoron, sixth-grader, Viking Middle School, District 56