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Two Necedah students will soon get a chance to test their spelling skills in Portage.

Emarie Thomas and Abigail Fountain were named winner and runner up of the Necedah Spelling Bee, respectively, Jan. 18.

Both students will go on to Portage Feb. 7 to compete in regionals against 15 other schools. The winner will advance to the Badger State Spelling Bee in March.

A total of 26 students from the 6th, 7th and 8th grade participated in the event.

“Being able to showcase (skills) in things other than athletic competition allows for an even playing field,” Necedah Teacher Keith Crispell said. “It’s great to see young minds develop, whether it’s done with a creative platform like our upcoming 3rd-grade invention fair or the student demonstrating their command of the English language in what was one of the best spelling bees I’ve witnessed in a very long time.”

The spelling bee went 16 rounds and alternated between spelling and vocabulary. Thomas started off the final round by spelling “slobbery” and “spinster” correctly. After Fountain struggled on the word “diagram”, Thomas spelled that word correctly and the next word “grocery” to become Necedah’s champion.

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