Pacelli Catholic School 8th grader is the Southeast Minnesota Spelling Bee Champion By Katie Sue Cunningham Twelve spellers (six from each Regional Spelling Bee) competed in the Final Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 25 at SSC. These twelve students were narrowed down from 77 students from 37 districts throughout Southeast Minnesota who par cipated in the two Regional Spelling Bees on February 11, coordinated by SSC. A er 37 rounds and 3 hours and 15 minutes the winner was declared. Shane DeSilva, an 8th grade student from Pacelli Catholic School in Aus n was declared the champion a er correctly spelling the word polymythy. Shane is also the first male winner since 2005. Shane advances to the 87th annual Scripps Na onal Spelling Bee on May 25 – May 31, 2014. He won an expenses paid trip (for himself and one adult) to Washington, D.C. (donated by SSC). He also received a first place trophy, Webster’s Third New InternaƟonal DicƟonary (provided by Scripps Na onal Spelling Bee), 2014 United States Mint Proof Set (The Samuel Louis Sugarman Award from Scripps), a one-year subscrip on to Britannica Online Premium and Valerie’s Spelling Bee Supplement Booklet.
(From left) ChrisƟne Farnberg, 2nd Runner-Up, Olivia Sailer, 1st Runner-Up, Shane DeSilva, Champion
Olivia Sailer, an 8th grade student from Wabasha-Kellogg Public Schools, was the 1st Runner-Up. Olivia received a trophy, and Merriam-Webster Collegiate DicƟonary (donated by MerriamWebster) and Valerie’s Spelling Bee Supplement Booklet. Chris ne Farnberg, a 7th grade student from Rochester Catholic Schools, was the 2nd Runner-Up. Chris ne received a trophy, and Valerie’s Spelling Bee Supplement Booklet. Other students parƟcipaƟng in the Southeast Minnesota Final Spelling Bee were: • Miranda Cox from MabelCanton, 8th grade • Shenali DeSilva from Pacelli Catholic, 6th grade • Eleanor Hinchcliﬀe from Aus n, 7th grade • Emily Jacob from PlainviewElgin-Millville, 8th grade • Spencer Lavelle from Wabasha-Kellogg, 8th grade
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Renee Lechner from Kingsland, 7th grade Benjamin Lee Su from Byron, 6th grade Noah Mitchell from Rochester Friedell, 6th grade Hannah Pahs from Northfield, 8th grade
The Spelling Bee compe ons in southeast Minnesota are sponsored and coordinated by SSC.