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Huron native takes first in Corn Palace spelling bee, advances to state in Vermillion

Can you spell crochet? Aubrey Rutledge, 13, can -- and she did on Saturday during the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee, taking home first place. The 13-year-old from Huron won the regional competition after correctly spelling crochet...

Aubrey Rutledge, right, and Maddie Knox, left, wait during the final round of the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan University. Rutledge, of Huron, won the competition with the word "crochet." (Sara Bertsch / Republic)
Aubrey Rutledge, right, and Maddie Knox, left, wait during the final round of the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan University. Rutledge, of Huron, won the competition with the word "crochet." (Sara Bertsch / Republic)

Can you spell crochet?

Aubrey Rutledge, 13, can - and she did on Saturday during the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee, taking home first place.

The 13-year-old from Huron won the regional competition after correctly spelling crochet, defeating Maddie Knox, of Highmore, in the final round.

Knox, 13, took second place, while 12-year-old Josie McCord, of White Lake, placed third during the Saturday competition. The event, which was held at Dakota Wesleyan University, began at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and lasted until mid-afternoon.

Rutledge, Knox and McCord will have the opportunity to advance to the South Dakota State Spelling Bee, which is being held March 18 at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The winner of the state spelling bee at USD will then advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

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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: Ahimsa Stuthis, Wagner; second place: Jalen Thomas, Mitchell (L.B. Williams Elementary); third place: Matthew Mauszycki, Mitchell (John Paul II Elementary).

Grade 4: First place: Joshua Machado, Mitchell (John Paul II Elementary); second place: Cadence Jarding, Hanson; third place: Ella Pollreisz, Ethan.

Grade 5: First place: Jace Aikins, Mitchell (Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary); second place: Noah Larson, Mitchell (L.B. Williams Elementary); third place: Rian Dauvier, Mitchell (John Paul II Elementary).

Grade 6: First place: Shad Bosma, Corsica/Stickney; second place: Emily Moody, Mitchell (John Paul II Elementary), third place: Kevin Ramos, Ethan.

Grade 7: First place: Ana Twiggs, Mitchell (Mitchell Christian School); second place: Hugo Orozco-Gusan, White Lake; third place: Taylor Schroeder, Hanson.

Grade 8: First place: Mackenzie Muckey, Dakota Christian; second place: BriAnna Linn, Plankinton. No third place winner was determined.

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From left to right stands Josie McCord, of White Lake, Maddie Knox, of Highmore, and Aubrey Rutledge, of Huron during the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan University. All three will have the opportunity to advance to the South Dakota State Spelling Bee in March at the University of South Dakota. (Sara Bertsch / Republic)
From left to right stands Josie McCord, of White Lake, Maddie Knox, of Highmore, and Aubrey Rutledge, of Huron during the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan University. All three will have the opportunity to advance to the South Dakota State Spelling Bee in March at the University of South Dakota. (Sara Bertsch / Republic)

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