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21.  Amber Born
Award Given: 2010 Daily Item's Annual Spelling Bee Champion

School: Born Family Home School in Marblehead

The speller who wore number one in the Daily Item's Annual Spelling Bee was in fact the number one speller. Fifth grader Amber Born of the Born Family Home School in Marblehead was quite altruistic after spelling the word "altruism" correctly and winning herself an all expense paid trip the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
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22.  Corey Rowe

Award Given: the Flint Journal 2009 Champion of Champions Spelling Bee

School: Grand Blanc West Middle School

Corey Rowe, 12, made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 26-28, but he doesn't plan to spend his summer studying for next year's spelling bee. The incoming Grand Blanc West Middle School seventh-grader said he does want to try to go back to the bee in Washington D.C. next year. In addition to the trip to D.C., Corey won a Merriam-Webster dictionary, a $100 U.S. Savings Bond, and a one-year online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica after winning the Flint Journal 2009 Champion of Champions Spelling Bee at the Davis Education Center in March.
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23. Cameron Shabahang
Award Given: the 2009 Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Champion

School: Forest Hills Eastern Middle School

Cameron Shabahang, an eighth-grader at Forest Hills Eastern Middle School, won the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Tuesday night. He will represent West Michigan at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., held May 17-28. Cameron bested 21 other top student spellers from eight area counties by correctly rattling off v-a-l-o-r-i-z-e in the 11th round.
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24.  Kevin Zhang
Award Given: The 2011 Jackson Citizen Patriot Spelling Bee Champion

School: Frost Elementary, Jackson, Michigan

Kevin Zhang has competed in the Jackson Citizen Patriot Spelling Bee only twice, but his record is pretty good. He won as a fifth-grader in 2009. He won it again Wednesday as a seventh grader, and he said he’s excited about heading back to Washington, D.C., in June. Kevin, 12, won by spelling the word “vacuole,” a tiny fluid-filled cavity found in plant cells.
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25.  Josh Mathews
Award Given: the 2011 Postmedia Canspell Regional Spelling Bee Champion.

School: Bairdmore Elementary School in Winnipeg

The 11-year-old Grade 6 student at Bairdmore Elementary School successfully defended his title, fending off 49 elementary and junior high school champions from across the province at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His winning word was nascency, a noun meaning "a coming into existence."
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26.  Laura Newcombe
Award Given: the 2011 Postmedia Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee Champion

School: Deer Park Public School, Toronto, Ontario

Twelve-year old Laura Newcombe was crowned Canada's best young wordsmith Sunday for the third year in a row at the 2011 Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee.Newcombe, from Toronto, had a huge grin when she emerged the victor after spelling "mycetophagous," an adjective that means feeding on fungi, correctly, a word she said she had studied numerous times.
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27.  Snigdha Nandipati
Award Given: 2012 Spelling Bee champ


Snigdha Nandipati is the fifth Indian-American in a row to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 14-year old spelled 'guetapens,' which means ambush or trap.

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, Calif., spells a word during the finals of the National Spelling Bee Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Oxon Hill, Md.

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28.  Carl Torola
Award Given: the 2008 37th annual Upper Peninsula
Community Education Association Spelling Bee Champion

School: Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw Public Schools

Carl Torola, 13, of Calumet came out on top in a case of sibling rivalry Wednesday when he beat last year’s top Upper Peninsula Spelling Bee winner - his sister Pam. Torola won the 37th annual Upper Peninsula Community Education Association Spelling Bee Finals held at Negaunee High School. Torola who attends Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw Public Schools, will represent the Upper Peninsula at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Week in Washington, D.C., in late May.

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29.  Sameer Mishra

Award Given: The 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Champion

School: West Lafayette, Indiana

Thirteen-year-old boy of Indian-origin, eighth grader, Sameer Mishra of Indian origins has become the winner of the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. He attained this feat by defeating 288 other children aged between eight and 15 years who had participated in this contest. ‘Guerdon' said the judges and Sameer spelt it out correctly with confidence and the audience attending the contest broke out into ear deafening applause.
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30.  Waleed I. Khan 
Award Given: The Saginaw County Spelling Bee 2009 Champion

School: Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy,

Waleed Khan, A Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy eighth-grader, chuckled as he correctly spelled the word en route to winning the bee and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent the county at the 82nd annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Khan correctly spelled all 10 of his words Thursday, ending with "eviscerate" to disembowel to win the title.
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31.  Jeremy Nathan
Award Given: 2011 Loudoun Spelling Bee Champion 

School: Belmont Ridge Middle School

“Weissnichtwo”. It didn’t require use in a sentence. It didn’t require a definition. It didn’t require the speller to ask for its language of origin. It’s the word that, when spelled correctly by eighth grader Jeremy Nathan of Ashburn, crowned him as the 2011 Loudoun Spelling Bee champ on March 3.
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32.  Lukas Blakkan-Esser
Award Given: the 2009 Grand Traverse Regional Spelling Bee  Champion

School: West Middle School, Traverse City, Michigan

Lukas, 13, an eighth-grader, faced the judges on the stage of the City Opera House Sunday afternoon at the Grand Traverse Regional Spelling Bee. He didn't need it used in a sentence. He knew it. Lukas will represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. He beat more than 30 other middle school students from Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Leelanau County.

33.  Tannah Thor
Award Given:  2011 Tribune’s regional spelling bee Champion

School: at Northwestern Middle School

She was given the word: “taciturn,” and a slight smile crossed her face as she correctly spelled it, to become the 2011 champion. Tannah Thor, a seventh-grader at Northwestern Middle School, will now represent the Kokomo area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee June 1 and 2 in Washington, D.C. In addition to her expenses paid trip to the nationals, she won a trophy, a Sam Sugarman $100 certificate bond, a collegiate dictionary and a one-year subscription to Encyclopædia Britannica.
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34.  Daniel Halvorson
Award Given: the 2009 Regional Spelling Bee at South Central College in North Mankato , Champion

School: Home School, Mankato, Minnesota

Halvorson correctly spelled "fructiferous" (fruit-bearing), then won the competition with "heliolatry," from the Greek for worship of the sun. As the Regional champion, Halvorson, the son of Loren and Sue Halvorson of Mankato, won a plaque and certificate, a $100 savings bond, a $20 gift certificate, and a subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online. But the prize he was most excited about was a new copy of Webster's Third New International Dictionary.
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35.  Anja Beth Swoap
Award Given: 2010 Scripps Seven-County Metro Spelling Bee Champion

School: Valley View Middle School, Edina, Minnesota
A  13-year-old Anja Beth Swoap is going back to Washington D.C. The seventh-grader won her second consecutive Scripps Seven-County Metro Spelling Bee Saturday, March 13, qualifying for the National Scripps Spelling Bee. After topping spellers at her school and district bees this winter, Anja Beth outlasted 47 other contestants at one of five regional bees in the state. She won by correctly spelling sumo in the 23rd round of play at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Click here >>
36.  Taryn Thor
Award Given:  the 2010 Kokomo Tribune Regional Spelling Bee champion

School:  Northwestern Middle School

The Northwestern Middle School eighth-grader outspelled 32 other students from Howard, Tipton, Cass, Pulaski and Fulton counties to become the Kokomo Tribune Regional Spelling Bee champion. She will represent the Kokomo area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee June 2-4 in Washington, D.C. She went 25 rounds to reach the final word, “beneficiary,” that made Thor the champion.
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37.  Rachel Karas
Award Given: the 2008 Genesee County Regional Spelling Bees Champion

School: Flushing High School, Flushing

On February 21, 2008,  the Vertie D. Brewer Championship Spelling Bee competition, in the countywide grade-level spelling bees. Rachel Karas, an 11th-grade student at Flushing High School won the championship by correctly spelling the word "dechlorinate".
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38.  Alex Stearns

Award Given: the 2007 Northwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School: West Platte Junior High School

Each time Alex Stearns, from West Platte Junior High School, approached the microphone a woman in blue at the back of room bowed her head in concentration as if communicating the correct letters to him telepathically. Alex became champion after 12 rounds with the word "graffiti."
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39.  Elizabeth Platz
Award Given: Columbia Regional Spelling Bee, 2009 Champion

School: Home School, Shelbina, Missouri

After 19 exciting rounds and 3 nerve-wracking championship rounds, Elizabeth Platz won the Columbia Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday (March 12, 2009), and an expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. at the end of May. Elizabeth, 12, is homeschooled by her parents Kathy and Jerry Platz, of Shelbina. The other 56 competitors had won spelling bees at their public and private middle schools from throughout the Columbia region. Elizabeth similarly represented Mid-Missouri Co-op of Home Educators (CHE). Her winning word was “tetrazzini”.
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40.  Jacob Elser
Award Given: the 2011 Arkansas State Spelling Bee Champion

St. Joseph School , Fayetteville

‘Upsilon’ spells win for Elser, an eighthgrader from Washington County. For winning first place in the competition, sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Elser receives an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee June 1-2 in Washington, D.C., with a parent. Elser also won a $100 savings bond.
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