Leah Linder (left) and Sivan Livnat are recognized as the winners of the Chaya Mushka Children’s House Elementary & Middle School spelling bee Jan. 9. They earned places in the first round of the Georgia Independent School Association Middle School Spelling Bee, set for Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Cottage School. The top scorers at the six regional sites that day advance to Rounds 2 and 3 on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Roswell. The state finals are March 16 in Plains.