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SD teenager wins National Bible Bee, $100,000 prize

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A South Dakota teenager has won the National Bible Bee and the $100,000 prize that goes to the winner.

Eighteen-year-old Kari Erickson of Dell Rapids beat out hundreds of competitors in her age group earlier this month in Nashville, Tenn. She tells the media that to prepare for the competition spearheaded by the nonprofit Shelby Kennedy Foundation, she memorized 1,100 Bible verses by studying six hours a day for months.

Erickson plans to use her winnings for a laptop and a college education.