WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four students from Minnesota were in Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
Minnesota has never sent four competitors to the event. In the past, the state's top spellers squared off in one spelling bee for the right to represent Minnesota in the national contest. This year, organizers held several regional bees, with the winners advancing to the top level.
The students representing Minnesota include Grant Remmen, a 7th-grader from Detroit Lakes; Georgia Simonson, an 8th-grader from St. Paul; Corey Hermanson, an 8th-grader from Baxter; and Eric Iverson, a 6th-grader from Montgomery.
In the first round, Hermanson misspelled "tagliatelle."
The spelling bee was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The winner gets a brass trophy and a check for $10,000.
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