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Paramountcy, stephanotis stump area students in national spelling bee

Polo, West Carroll students among spellers competing in nation's capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A single letter tripped up an Aplington Middle School sixth-grader at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this afternoon.

Rebekah Zeigler of Polo was asked to spell paramountcy, the noun form of paramount, and dropped the letter “t.”

She earned the spot in the third round after spelling buckminsterfullerene – a spherical molecule also called a bucky-ball – during the second round earlier in the day.

This was Rebekah’s third trip to the National Spelling Bee.

Also competing was West Carroll eighth-grader Olivia Charles, of Mount Carroll, who missed her second-round word stephanotis, a genus of flowering plants, by swapping the “a” with an “e.”

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