Regional Scripps Spelling Bee winner will head to state competition

RAPID CITY, S.D. — After winning spelling bees in their classrooms and schools, students in first through eighth grade showed off their spelling skills at the regional spelling bee at Stevens High School.

Spelling BeeThe top spellers from each participating school went head to head in written and verbal word-spelling. For months, they studied packets of words, recognizing patterns and getting exposure to memorization.

“They can be as young as first grade, you know, six, seven years old, and up through 15, and it’s just amazing to watch these students,” says Marie Anne Ben, Scripps Spelling Bee Coordinator for the state of South Dakota. “The poise and talent that they have, and that they exhibit throughout this, it’s just an absolute pleasure.”

Saturday’s winner was Amelia Rowan, from Calvary Christian School. She’ll represent the Rapid City and Black Hills Region at the state competition in Vermillion on March 19.

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