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West Fargo's Shantanu Srivatsa, 13, competes in the finals at the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Friday in Washington. He placed second in the bee after misspelling the word "ochidore."

So C-L-O-S-E: West Fargo middle schooler finishes second at national spelling bee

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In his third trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, West Fargo middle-schooler Shantanu Srivatsa wasted little time firing off the spelling of his first word in the finals.


"I-N-F-U-N-D-I-B-U-L-I-F-O-R-M," Shantanu spelled less than 30 seconds after the judge read the word.

The 13-year-old tied for second place with two other spellers Friday, his highest-ever ranking in the Super Bowl of spelling.

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