Last year’s North Dakota state spelling bee champion, won his fifth straight Grand Forks County bee over the weekend, but it took some effort to shake off his last competitor: his 11-year-old sister, Siri.
Larry Grossman a 60-year-old math teacher from Northwood, N.D., and the winner of the 2008 AARP National Spelling Bee is seeking another national championship in Cheyenne on Friday and Saturday. Listening to CDs, each filled with about 400 words or 10 dictionary pages, is how he trains.
I was gobsmacked! A photo on the front page of the Herald that didn’t feature a hockey skate, a basketball — in fact, no sport paraphernalia at all.
Instead, it showed an intent young man perusing a book!
The state spelling bee winner from North Dakota was among the 10 finalists at the 83rd National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., while the representative from South Dakota was ousted in the semifinals.
Cool and collected, Kavya Shivashankar wrote out every word on her palm and always ended with a smile. The 13-year-old Kansas girl saved the biggest smile for last, when she rattled off the letters to “Laodicean” to become the nation’s spelling champion.
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