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South Student Advances to State Spelling Bee

Resource Training & Solutions hosted the Central Minnesota Regional Spelling Bee in Sartell, Minnesota, on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Morning and afternoon spelling bees consisted of students in grades 5-8 from school districts across Resource Training & Solutions Service Region, Region 7.

The morning spelling bee had 22 contestants from 10 school districts, the afternoon spelling bee had 22 contestants from 15 different school districts. After 223 words and 21 rounds, four contestants will represent central Minnesota schools at the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee at the Lakes Country Service Cooperative in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The winner of that competition will advance to the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee, held May 24 through May 29, 2020 in Washington D.C., with live coverage on ESPN.

Ben St. Hilaire, a seventh grader from Saint John’s Preparatory School, successfully spelled “contemptuous” to take first place at the morning bee. Julian Baker, a sixth grader from St. Cloud School District 742 South Jr. High took second place in the morning competition.

Eliana Szabo, a seventh grader from H.E.Y. Home Schoolers, successfully spelled “millivolt” to take first place at the afternoon bee. Anthony Bergeron, a seventh grader from Pine City Schools took second place in the afternoon spelling bee.

Resource Training & Solutions is a central Minnesota service cooperative and a nonprofit, member-driven public corporation. Resource provides services, training, and solutions to school districts and city, county, other governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Julian Baker