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Regional Spelling Bee results announced

The SWWC Service Cooperative’s Regional Spelling Bee was Feb. 4 at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls. Thirty-two students from 27 school districts, who won at their local level, came together to compete for the top four places that advance to the Multi-Region State Spelling Bee. Scores from the written and oral rounds were combined in order to determine the top 15 students who compete in the afternoon spelldown. Due to tied scores, there were 16 spellers, who competed in the spelldown.

Lydian Talsma from Edgerton and Toni Pritchard from Ortonville battled it out for 4th and 5th place, with Karsten Springborg from Holy Redeemer coming in at 3rd place. Gracie Crooks from ACGC and Reese Magnuson from G-SL buzzed a few more rounds until a 1st place winner was declared. After 11 rounds, the top four students were declared to advance to the Multi-Region State Spelling Bee today in Fergus Falls. The winner from the State Bee will then go on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

1st place: Reese Magnuson, 8, Glencoe-Silver Lake Public School

2nd place: Gracie Crooks, 7, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Public School

3rd place: Karsten Springborg, 6, Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Marshall

Schools in the 18-county service areas were invited to participate in this academic enrichment activity sponsored by the SWWC Service Cooperative. The Multi-Region State Spelling Bee is sponsored by the following Minnesota Service Cooperatives: Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Northeast Service Cooperative, Northwest Service Cooperative, Resource Training & Solutions and the SWWC Service Cooperative.

Sponsors for student enrichment programs are provided by the SWWC Service Cooperative include Title Sponsors: Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council (for Career Expo), The Schwan Food Company (for Culinary Skills Challenge) and Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (for Young Artists). Program Sponsors include Great River Energy, Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc., Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Southwest Minnesota State University and SWWC Service Cooperative. Supporters include Hadley Lions Club.

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