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Southeast Minnesota Spelling Bee Sends champion to nationals

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  

A trip to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. was on the line this morning for some local middle school students. 

That talent was just incredible this morning.  Time and time again the judges had to pause to find more advanced words since the students were spelling so well.  It came down to a final back and forth volley for the right to represent southeast Minnesota on the big stage.

The day started with 12, but as the day went on, the field slowly slowly shrunk.

After many many words, the competition came down to the final two, Shane Disilva of Austin Catholic Schools and Roshini Asirvatham from Rochester Public School. The winner earning a trip to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Over 2 hours and 41 rounds of words, we had a winner.

"Just really excited, kind of shocked cause it happened kind of fast. We;; I think he was a great speller, so it was kind of lucky that he got a harder word than I did,"

But it wasn't just luck that got her here.

"The entire year probably, because I have been doing spelling for many years so I didn't know some of the words so I just kept trying to expand my knowledge. Through experience I gathered a lot of lists and there are a lot of web sites and companies that makes these lists so I just kind of study as many words as I possibly can,"

Her little brother was very excited her and also had some advice for the National Competition

"You have to win it, or else."

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