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Students compete in the 33rd Bemidji Area Schools' Spelltacular

BEMIDJI—Autocorrect wasn't an option for a handful of students who competed Thursday during the 33rd annual Bemidji Area Schools' Spelltacular Spelling Bee.

The competition was held at the Bemidji Middle School. The students, who represented grades 5-8, were selected to compete from the various Bemidji elementary schools as well as the Middle School, with the opportunity to advance to the next level of spellers at a district competition.

"Some of them are words you've heard and some of them you have not heard before," Spelltacular Coordinator and Middle School sixth grade language arts teacher Sue Hendricks said. "It's pretty challenging."

The competition included one student from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, and Solway elementary schools. The Middle School had multiple "pods," or groups of students from within the school, represented as well.

There were a couple of hurdles the students had to pass before they got to the podium at the Spelltacular. First, they took a written test. The highest scoring students moved on to smaller spelling competitions within their schools—or within the pods in the Middle School's case—until the top students were selected for the competition Thursday.

The top four students to walk away from the Spelltacular would have the chance to move onto a district competition in Thief River Falls. The top spellers from that competition will move onto a multi-regional event.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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