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81.  Shayne Jacobs
Award Given: 2009 Johnston County Spelling Bee Champion

School: Clayton Middle School, North Carolina


Shayne Jacobs, a seventh-grader at Clayton Middle School, correctly spelled e-r-u-d-i-t-e and r-i-d-i-c-u-l-o-u-s to claim the championship. With the win, Shayne earns entry into the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 28-30, a six-night stay at the Grand Hyatt Washington, $1,000 in travel money, a $100 savings bond and a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary valued at $129.
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82.  Prakash Mishra
Award Given: The Star’s 2011 Spelling Bee Champion

School:
Marvin Ridge Middle School

According to his profile on the competition's website, Prakash has written several novels and enjoys reading, especially works by Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and T.S. Eliot. He speaks five languages, including Hindi, French, German, Spanish and English. He is passionate about academics and especially enjoys learning about history, culture and religion.

Prakash also studies Tae Kwon Do, plays both piano and drums, and loves to play hacky sack. He is a Junior Beta Club member and the Mega Math
Madness first place champion.
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83.  Mayee Zhu
Award Given: The 17th Annual DownEast Regional Spelling Bee 2009 Champion


School: Hope Middle School


The spelling bee went on for twenty rounds before a winner was finally declared. Mayee Zhu Of Hope Middle School in Winterville came out on top for the third time by correctly spelling sorghum. Zhu now heads to D.C. in May for the national spelling bee. I'll certainly be pulling for her and wish her the best of luck. While Zhu was the overall winner, all of the students who made it to the regional spelling bee deserve a round of applause for their hard work, dedication, and poise.
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84.  Anamika Veeramani
Award Given: The 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee 2010 Champion

School: North Royalton, Ohio


No theatrical flourishes for Anamika Veeramani. She kept her hands behind her back and rattled off the letters of every word she was given — until she was crowned the spelling bee champion. The 14-year-old girl from North Royalton, Ohio, won the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee on Friday, acing the word medical word “stromuhr” to claim the winner’s trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.Anamika became the third consecutive Indian-American bee champion, and the eighth the last 12 years.
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85.  Anna Wooten

Award Given: 2009 Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School:Ashe County Middle School, North Carolina


Wooten, of Lansing, carried off top honors at the Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee by correctly spelling "patronymic," which means a name derived from that of the father or a paternal ancestor. She won Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary for herself and her school, a year's subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online and a $100 savings bond. She will go on to Washington in May to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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86.  Shantanu Srivatsa

Award Given: 2010 North Dakota Spelling Bee Champion

School: Cheney Middle School, West Fargo, North Dakota


Eighth-grader Shantanu Srivatsa (shan-TAHN'-oh sir-VAHT'-sah) became the state spelling champion Friday by correctly spelling cumulative. The 13-year-old outlasted 27 other students. Srivatsa will make his third straight trip to the national spelling bee, which is scheduled for May 31-June 5 in Washington, D.C. He represented North Dakota last year and went in 2008 as a regional champion from Ohio, where his family lived at the time.
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87.  Alexander Csorba

ward Given: The 2009 Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School: Seton Catholic School


Fourteen-year-old Alex Csorba gave two thumbs up when he spelled graphospasm correctly in the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday. Graphospasm, a Greek word, is a painful cramp of muscles of the hand or fingers brought on by excessive writing. He now will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which takes place May 26-28. He thanked his parents and God for the win. Alex did a lot of praying before and after he spelled each word.
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88.  Tony Incorvati
Award Given: The 2009 Regional Grand Final Spelling Bee Champion


School: Canton Country Day School, Canton, Ohio


For the second year in a row, confident sixth-grader Tony Incorvati has won the Regional Grand Final Spelling Bee and with it a trip to the national bee in Washington, D.C, in late May. The 11-year-old son of Nancy and Bob Incorvati of Green credited his French teacher, Claudia Sommers, with helping him study for this, the 63rd annual competition, sponsored by The Repository. The event was at the GlenOak High School Theater.
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89.  Katharine Close
Award Given: 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion

School: Asbury Park, New Jersey


Katharine "Kerry" Close, a 13-year-old 8th-grader from Asbury Park, New Jersey, spelled "ursprache", a word for the ancestor of a language or language group, to win the 79th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. Close beat out 274 other contestants from 9 to 15 years old. This was Close's last year of eligibility; she was one of only two contestants this year to be in her fifth year at the national competition. She finished seventh in 2005, having gotten a better ranking every year she's competed.
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90.  Tino Delamerced
Award Given: The 2009 Regional Spelling Bee, Champion

School: The Summit Country Day School, Ohio


Tino Delamerced, a 12 year old 7th grader captured the championship for the Regional Spelling Bee held February 14, 2009 at the Duke Energy Center. He competed against close to 200 school champions in a grueling 5 hour spell-off. His words included the following: adobe, springbok, ensconce, breviloquence, tragedienne, pentapody, sortita, beryl, and batiste, the latter being the winning word. Tino now advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. on May 24-31, 2009. For his victory, he and a chaperone will receive from WCPO-9 an on all- expense paid trip to Washington D.C. In addition, he was awarded a savings bond, a Merriam Webster’s dictionary and a subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica.
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91.  Trey McInnis
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Award Given: 2010 Richmond County Schools Spelling Bee, Champion

School: Ellerbe Middle School


Trey McInnis, a seventh grade student at Ellerbe Middle School is the winner of the 2010 Richmond County Schools Spelling Bee. McInnis spelled xylophone correctly to win the championship on Friday before a full audience in the central office boardroom, in speaking about his victory, McInnis shared his story with his fellow students during the presentation of medals. McInnis will move to the regional competition which will be held in Charlotte.
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92.   Emma Ciereszynski
Award Given: 58th Annual Dayton Daily News Regional Spelling Bee 2009 Champion

School:
Dover Middle School

Emma Ciereszynski, a fifth grader, spelled words like 'tantalize,' 'mayonnaise,' 'precipitate,' 'Swahili,' and finally, 'tritium,' to defeat 23 other school and city champions from Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Miami county schools and one competitor from Richmond, Indiana. He now will represent the area in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., held May 26-28.
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93.  Zachary Doiron
Award Given: Boston’s Fourth Annual Citywide Spelling Bee 2011 Champion

School: Thomas A. Edison School


After correctly spelling the word “toboggan’’ and realizing he had won Boston’s fourth annual Citywide Spelling Bee yesterday, Zachary Doiron sat down and cried. Zachary’s emotional reaction came after a consistently poised performance, in which he never hesitated before spelling. Zachary was one of the youngest competitors in the fourth- through eighth-grade competition. In addition to the opportunity to represent Boston in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington in May, Zachary received as a prize a Merriam-Webster dictionary, which he said he hopes to use in practicing for the Scripps bee.
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94.  Gabriela Diaz

Award Given: the 2009 “Caller-Times” Regional Bee Champion

School: Calallen Middle School.


Gabriela Diaz, a seventh-grader correctly spelled her words in two rounds on stage Wednesday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but did not have a high enough score on her 25-word written test to advance into the final day. Gabriela earlier spelled molinary easily. The word means something relating to the process of grinding.

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95.  Django Grootmyers

Award Given: 2009 Central Ohio Spelling Bee Champion

School: Indianola Alternative K-8 School, Columbus


Django Grootmyers is an eighth grader at Indianola Alternative K-8. His first name is pronounced "John-Go" so it's easy to see he's had to spend a lot of time spelling it for people. That practice paid off Saturday when the A-student correctly spelled "spilth" and topped out the 120 students who started out in the spell-off. This contest brought him a huge dictionary to practice with, but Django is also a likely finalist in the Geography Bee, so he'll be busy as a bee.
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96.  George Jose
Award Given: 2007 Wapakoneta City Spelling Bee Champion


School: St. Joseph Catholic School, Wapakoneta, Ohio


George Jose and his brother vie for city spelling championship. A fifth-grade student George Jose struck a fatal vocabulary blow to his brother, seventh-grade student Joey Jose, when he correctly spelled the noun "hygrometer" - any instrument for measuring the water-vapor content of the atmosphere, and won first place in the Wapakoneta City Spelling Bee after Joey Jose misspelled pedagogish.

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97Stephen Hartline
Award Given: The 2008 Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School: Woodsfield Elementary School, Ohio


Woodsfield Elementary student Stephen Hartline will travel to Washington D.C. in May to compete in the National Spelling Bee. A dedicated student, Hartline studies throughout the year for 30-minutes to an hour-and-a-half each day preparing for the competitions. He said he takes a couple of days off after a big competition. All that studying certainly pays off for this young man.
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98.  AJ Feiock
Award Given: 2009 Belmont County Spelling Bee Champion

School: Union Local Middle School


Eighth grader AJ Feiock snatched victory from the grasp of returning champion from the 2009 county bee, Reese Boyd of East Richland Christian Academy. Feiock, son of Brent and Kris Feiock, will now represent Belmont County at this year's Scripps National Spelling in Washington, D.C. the first week of June. Feiock sealed the deal with correct spellings of the words "charade" and "ritualistic."
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99.  Anna-Marie Sprenger

Award Given: 2011 Utah Valley Spelling Bee Champion

School: Centennial Middle School


Finally, after four and a half hours, Anna-Marie Sprenger, an eighth-grader from Centennial Middle School, took the top prize - a Daily Herald-sponsored trip to the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Her winning word: infarction.

Anna-Marie has a trump card which few of her peers are likely to share. She speaks fluent French and Romanian. English is her second language, though she has no trace of accent.

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100.  Graham Lowder
Award Given: 2011 Johnston County Spelling Bee Champion

School: Southside Christian School


The seventh grader survived 10 grueling rounds and 14 other competitors to win the 2011 bee by correctly spelling the words “hacienda” (a Spanish word for a large estate or ranch) and “satori” (a Japanese word describing spiritual enlightenment).
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