Regional Spelling Bee Champion 13 Feb 13

The 2013 Regional Spelling Bee champion is a 14-year-old from New Prague. A total of 41 local-area spelling bee champs from grades 5-8 took part in the competition at South Central College in North Mankato Tuesday evening, and the winner was New Prague Middle-Schooler Nick Thompson. It took 14 rounds and 2 hours for Thompson to win the Bee. The championship word was “Poinsettia.” Thompson won a plaque for his efforts, as well as a very large dictionary, a year’s subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, a savings bond, and a free trip to Washington, DC in late May for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.