Habben wins 34th annual Spelltacular Spelling Bee

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Pictured are the participants of this year’s Spelltacular Spelling Bee, which took place Thursday night at the Northside Gym.  From left to right in front are Nick Bolduc, Jon Ilstrup, Hailee Ellingson, Amelia Hoffman, and Natalie Collins.  Second row -- Chaden Carroll, Jed Sherod, Taylor Duncan, Hunter LeClair, Blake Nagler, Eleanor Habben, and Katelyn Kobbermann.  Back -- Shukri Mohamed, Isabella Wolter, Azura Goodall, Kiara Schilling, Imani Brehmer, Olivia Kettner, and Kaitlyn Sondag.

Eighth-grader Eleanor Habben won the 34th annual Spelltacular Spelling Bee, which took place Thursday night in the Northside Elementary gym.  The daughter of Kentt and Emily Habben of Benson, she advances to the Regional Spelling Bee, set for Feb. 6 at Redwood Falls.  Placing second was Jed Sherod, the eighth-grade son of Jayson and Steph Sherod.  Twenty-six Benson 5th-8th graders qualified for the Spelltacular Spelling Bee, and 20 took part in the championship round, Thursday night.

Some of the final words used in this year’s competition were:  Chesapeake, segregation, defensiveness, vegetation, and hoarsely.  The local coordinator for the Spelling Bee is Cory Braaten, while this year’s pronouncer was Traci Pahl, and the judges were Kim Ulland, Rhonda Schwendemann, and Mary Weckwerth....

 

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Pictured are the participants of this year’s Spelltacular Spelling Bee, which took place Thursday night at the Northside Gym.  From left to right in front are Nick Bolduc, Jon Ilstrup, Hailee Ellingson, Amelia Hoffman, and Natalie Collins.  Second row -- Chaden Carroll, Jed Sherod, Taylor Duncan, Hunter LeClair, Blake Nagler, Eleanor Habben, and Katelyn Kobbermann.  Back -- Shukri Mohamed, Isabella Wolter, Azura Goodall, Kiara Schilling, Imani Brehmer, Olivia Kettner, and Kaitlyn Sondag.

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