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Bruce, Demoret top finishers in spelling bee

By correctly spelling "sepia" and "clavicle," seventh grader Adam Bruce became champ of the 13th annual Century Middle School spelling bee. Century PTA sponsored the contest on Tuesday. A written spelldown round was held Dec. 13, with top speller...

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Adam Bruce, at left, won the Century Middle School spelling bee on Tuesday. Kiera Demoret took second place, at right, and Kaiden James third. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

By correctly spelling "sepia" and "clavicle," seventh grader Adam Bruce became champ of the 13th annual Century Middle School spelling bee.

Century PTA sponsored the contest on Tuesday.

A written spelldown round was held Dec. 13, with top spellers from fifth through eighth grade advancing to the Jan. 22 oral spelling bee. Twenty-three students qualified for Tuesday's contest.

Bruce and sixth grader Kiera Demoret battled for the win for six rounds. They correctly spelled "percussion," "miscreant" and "abolition," but words like "extricate," "martyr" and "diminutive" proved challenging. After Demoret misspelled "couriers," Bruce correctly spelled two words in a row for the win. Both move on to the regional spelling bee in Thief River Falls on Feb. 6.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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