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The annual inter-school event was held at Timaru Boys' High School and attracted teams of high school pupils from across the central South Island, including Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton and Geraldine.
Ashburton College pupils Conner Stewart, Marc Calzada and Hamish Lyth came first out of 15 teams, answering a total of 95 out of 100 questions correctly.
Another Ashburton College trio - comprising Lauren Jensen, Molly McKenna and Laura Winchester (all 13) - were third in the event, with 88 points.
The years 9 and 10 quiz was the third event in the spelling quiz series, following Wednesday evening's years 5 and 6 and years 7 and 8 events.
There are also questions that offer a points ranking scheme based on how fast a team can guess a word from a limited collection of clues.
Many of the competitors at yesterday evening's event were return entrants from last year's series of quizzes, though often in different age grades, and some representing different schools.
The Otago Daily Times Extra! is a monthly educational publication produced by the newspaper for senior primary, intermediate and junior secondary school pupils.