Local speller headed to state bee

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The winner of last fall’s Janesville Spelling Bee won her regional bee last week in East Troy and is headed to the state spelling bee.

Rose Beach, a seventh-grader at Edison Middle School, won the bee when the runner-up misspelled “prodigious.”

Rose spelled “prodigious” correctly and went on to spell “ceremoniously” for the win, said Rose’s father, Steve Beach of Janesville.

Rose’s mother is Becky Beach.

The top two at the regional both tripped over some very off-the-beaten-track words, including “cryophorus” and “amercement,” Steve Beach said.

The rules to name a winner require that one of the final two spellers standing spell a word that the other speller has misspelled and then spell the next word.

Lauren Chars of the Raymond School District was the runner-up at the regional bee. She also was runner-up in the state bee last year.

Lauren and the third-place winner, Monica Rehberger of St. John Lutheran School in Burlington, also are invited to the state bee.

The Badger State Spelling Bee is scheduled to begin at noon Saturday, March 20, at Edgewood College in Madison.

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