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Area Students Go Head to Head for Spelling Bee Title [VIDEO, AUDIO]

Abby Faulkner

COLLEGEVILLE – Can you spell Samovar? Troika? Beleaguered?

Those are just a sampling of the over 100 tough words conquered by area middle-schoolers during today’s Central Minnesota Regional Spelling Bee at St. John’s University.

The winning word? Menagerie, spelled by Sartell-St. Stephen 7th grader Alyssa Franzmeier.

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The morning competition went a total of 16 rounds, with 3 out of 4 final contestants from the St. Cloud area.

In the end, Franzmeier claimed the title, with the runner up being Sauk Rapids-Rice 8th grader Marissa Leeb.

Franzmeier says she wasn’t always certain if she knew how to spell the words she was given.

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Both will advance to the State competition on March 1st in Fergus Falls.

Middle School Spelling Whizzes Face Off at St. John’s University – YouTube.

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