Garrett Bryner Wins Return Trip to DC

Garrett Bryner, an eighth-grader at Mont Harmon Middle School in Price, Utah, is returning for the second time to the national finals. He correctly spelled “Danube” to win the regional spelling bee sponsored by the Southeast Educational Service Center. Thanks to RSVBee, Garrett's brother, Pierce, also will compete, making them the first-ever set of twins to participate at the same time.

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Almudena Soler Follows Brother's Winning Ways

Despite the lingering impact of Hurricane Maria, many children in Puerto Rico remained dedicated spellers. Nearly 30 students qualified for the Eureka Enrichment and Learning Center national spelling bee. Almudena Soler, a fifth-grader, was crowned the champion. Her brother was the Puerto Rico champion in 2013, but Almudena was too little for the trip. Now she has her own opportunity.

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Jah'Quane Graham Dances to VI Victory

Jah'Quane Graham, a sixth-grader from Juanita Gardine Elementary School in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, said if he won the 2018 Territorial Intermediate Spelling Bee, he would dance to celebrate. After correctly spelling "exceedingly," he danced on stage for all to enjoy. The Virgin Islands Daily News is the longtime sponsor of the competition. 

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