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Baxter seventh-grader wins oral spelling bee

Forestview Middle School seventh-grader Edith Chamberlain won the sixth- through eighth-grade Brainerd School District oral spelling bee. Jennifer Stockinger / Brainerd Dispatch

BAXTER—A Forestview Middle School seventh-grader won the Brainerd Public Schools sixth through eighth grade oral spelling bee Wednesday while on stage in the cafetorium at Forestview.

Edith Chamberlain, 13, the daughter of Sonya and Laurence Chamberlain of Brainerd, outlasted 14 other students in the spelling bee.

Fifteen students competed in eight rounds and there were several tie-breaking rounds—one to name the champion of the district bee and the other to determine the top seven students who would advance to the regional spelling bee, The Lakes Bee.

The regional bee will be held March 7 at the National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples. NJPA is the sponsor of the regional bee. Students in grades fourth through eighth in Crow Wing, Morrison, Wadena, Todd and Cass counties compete for a chance to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

Brainerd students in grades sixth through eighth are the only ones who can compete in the Brainerd Public Schools bee. Written tests are given to all the students in sixth through eighth grade that consists of around 1,500 students. The top 15 students with the highest score qualify for the oral district bee. Then the top seven from the district bee advance to the regional bee, where then only one student will advance to nationals.

Jennifer Rushin is the Forestview spelling bee coordinator; the pronouncer was Kathy Tusa; and judges were Paula Mangan and Karen Ogdahl.

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