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Local student to represent area in National Spelling Bee


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's time to send one of southeast Minnesota's best spellers to Washington, D.C.

After the field was narrowed from 56 students two weeks ago, the top 12 twelve were all after that right to go.

When it comes to the spelling bee, every letter counts

"These students just know," said spelling bee pronouncer Larry Stacy.

For more than 20 years, Larry Stacy has been the pronouncer for the bee, and has loved every minute of it.

"It's a labor of love and I'm constantly amazed by the talent these students have. I mean I have to pronounce the words the way that they are in the book even if it's not the way I would say them in the real world. Some of them are words I've never heard of in the real world," Stacy said.

Twelve of southeast Minnesota's best spellers were on hand Tuesday morning to compete for one spot. One spot to make it to the big show, The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

After dozens of words, and over 20 rounds later, we know the winner.

"The last one I kind of spelled it two ways and then I switched half way in the word. Really good! Yeah I'm excited to go," said 6th grader Christine Farnberg of Holy Spirit Catholic School.

"I was kind of scared because in the last one I didn't get first, but I thought that some of the people that did get first would beat me, but then I just tried my best," Farnberg said.

This isn't Christine's first rodeo, she's participated in the bee in the past.

And now she will have the task of representing Minnesota in Washington, D.C.

Innocuous was the winning word.

Christine will join four other students from Minnesota in Washington, D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May.

Only one Minnesotan has ever won, that was in 2001.

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