Ryan Presler Achieves Goal in SD

Ryan Presler, a seventh-grader from Brandon Valley Middle School in Brandon, South Dakota, was determined to not be the runner-up again at the University of South Dakota Spelling Bee. His preparation was focused and the hard work enabled him to reach his goal— winning a spot in the national finals. His final winning word was "theomachy." 

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Autumn Reeves Looks Forward to DC Adventure

Autumn Reeves, a sixth-grader from Forest Area Middle School in Traverse City, Michigan, dedicated time and effort to reach the regional event this year, after falling short in 2017. She did more than reach it. She won it. She was confident with most of the words including the final rounds. In addition to the spelling competition, she'd like to see the White House while in D.C. 

Photo credit: Keith King, Traverse City Record Eagle

Rahul Reddy Wins on Fourth Appearance in MI

On his fourth trip to the Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, Rahul Reddy, an eighth-grader at Notre Dame Preparatory Academy in Pontiac, Michigan, decided this time, not to study so much. With the pressure off, he rose to the occasion to win by correctly spelling “notabilia.” For his collective years of effort, he earns a trip to the national finals. 

Photo credit: Dean Potter, The Oakland Press

Jenna Ng Wins on First Attempt in VA

Jenna Ng, a fifth-grader from the New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg, Virginia, had plenty of skills to go with her beginner's luck in her first appearance at The News & Advance’s Regional Spelling Bee. She and her fellow spellers did their best to avoid the dreaded bell. On the 300th word, Jenna correctly spelled "version" to advance to the national finals. 

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Jared Mueller Jumps for Joy in TN

Jared Mueller, a sixth-grader at Cedar Bluff Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee, could hardly contain his excitement after winning the News Sentinel Southern Appalachia Regional Spelling Bee. In his fourth appearance at the event, and after his second-place finish last year, he was motivated to win. His winning word was "Talmud." 

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Tanvi Rakesh Repeats as KY Winner

Tanvi Rakesh is enjoying quite a winning streak. The fifth-grader from Longbranch Elementary School in Union, Kentucky, has won five school bees in a row and is now a repeat national finalist. She won the WCPO 9 On Your Side Kentucky/Indiana competition with the word "canoa." WCPO sends two regional winners to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Irene Calderon to Represent SW OH

Round after round, spellers competed at the WCPO 9 On Your Side/Scripps Ohio Regional Spelling Bee to earn a ticket to the national finals. Irene Calderon from Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati was the last one standing after she correctly spelled "Talmud." WCPO sends a second regional winner from the SE Indiana/Northern Kentucky area.  

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