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Area students participate in regional spelling bee

Danika Dik, Erin Kempka, Madeleine Hoag and Randall Yost competed Wednesday, March 7, in the Lakes Spelling Bee at the National Joint Powers Alliance center in Staples. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch1 / 5
Madeleine Hoag attends Pequot Lakes School. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch 2 / 5
Danika Dik attends Crosslake Community School. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch 3 / 5
Erin Kempka is a student in Pequot Lakes. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch 4 / 5
Randall Yost is a student at Pine River-Backus Schools. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch 5 / 5

The following area students competed Wednesday, March 7, in the Lakes Spelling Bee at the National Joint Powers Alliance center in Staples: Danika Dik, sixth-grader from Crosslake Community School; Erin Kempka, seventh-grader, and Madeleine Hoag, fifth-grader, both from the Pequot Lakes School District; and Randall Yost, eighth-grader from the Pine River-Backus School District.

Royalton eighth-grader Chloe Holoman won the bee to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-June 1 in Washington, D.C.

Twenty-nine fifth- through eighth-graders from Region Five schools participated in the spelling bee. Region Five includes Crow Wing, Cass, Todd, Morrison and Wadena counties.

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