Knowledge of sarcasm came in handy at the Butler County Spelling Bee on Sunday, Jan. 28. Members of Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority sponsored the event.

The top three spellers were repeat champion Matthew Vrbka, an eight grader from Aquinas Middle School,  runner-up Jaley Schultz, an eighth grader from David City Middle School, and third place, Braxton Small, a seventh grader from  David City Middle School. 

Matthew won the competition with the correct spelling of "sarcasm." He will attend the Midwest Spelling Bee on March 17 in Omaha. The Omaha World Herald sponsors the event. 

The participants were 33 students from Butler County schools in grades 5 through 8.

The even began with students taking a written test. Twelve participans advanced to the oral round.