Bryce Tasso exults as he correctly spells “neuropathy” to claim first place in the 2013 Alaska State Spelling Bee Friday afternoon March 1 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. He first correctly spelled “geanticline” to gain the advantage over his fellow finalists before following up with his winner. Tasso, a sixth grader at Eagle Academy Charter School in Eagle River, placed in the top 10 last year as a fifth grader. He will represent Alaska at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May. The runners up were fifth grader Christopher Hubbard of Aurora Elementary School and Carrie McCrorie of Mears Middle School.