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'Eleemosynary' is top word at local spelling bee

Dozens of area students, in third through eighth grade, competed in the Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday in Mitchell, with Malcolm Janis, from Wagner, taking home the top prize.

Malcolm Janis, left, a seventh-grade student in Wagner, correctly spells "eleemosynary" to win the Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday afternoon while MacKenzie Christensen, of Huron, who placed second, listens in the Rollins Campus Center at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Aubrey Rutledge, of Huron, not pictured, placed third. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)
Malcolm Janis, left, a seventh-grade student in Wagner, correctly spells "eleemosynary" to win the Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday afternoon while MacKenzie Christensen, of Huron, who placed second, listens in the Rollins Campus Center at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Aubrey Rutledge, of Huron, not pictured, placed third. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)

Dozens of area students, in third through eighth grade, competed in the Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday in Mitchell, with Malcolm Janis, from Wagner, taking home the top prize.

The seventh-grade student correctly spelled "eleemosynary" to beat his opponent MacKenzie Christensen, of Huron, who finished in second. Aubrey Rutledge, also of Huron placed third.

In addition to the regional contest, local contests were also held by grade. The winners of those competitions are listed below:

• Grade 3: First place: Saylor Lefers, Corsica-Stickney; second place: Sidney Malde, Gertie Belle Rogers; third place: Karter Mebius, Wessington Springs.

• Grade 4: First place: Jace Aikens, Gertie Belle Rogers; second place: Cassidy Woerner, Corsica-Stickney; third place: Callister Grimsley, John Paul II.

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• Grade 5: First place: Logan Culhane, Gertie Belle Rogers; second place: Kendalynn Wipf, Longfellow; third place (tie): Emily Jane Moody, John Paul II and Lara Widstrom, L.B. Williams.

• Grade 6: First place: Aiden Beckstrom, John Paul II; second place: Ana Saige Twiggs, Mitchell Christian; third place (tie): Charlie Red Bear, St. Joseph's Indian School and Emily Wehrl, Corsica-Stickney.

• Grade 7: First place: Savannah Montileaux, St. Joseph's Indian School; second place: Paige Morgan Figland, Hanson; third place: MacKenzie Muckey, Dakota Christian.

• Grade 8: Mary Kelly, Kelly Home School; second place: Noah Sejnoha, Dakota Christian; third place: Logan Culhane, Gertie Belle Rogers.

• Final Contest (first and second place winners from grades 3-8 contests compete): First place: Aiden Beckstrom, John Paul II, grade 6; second place: Ana Saige Twiggs, Mitchell Christian, grade 6; third place: Logan Culhane, Gertie Belle Rogers, grade 5.

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