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Two local middle school girls will be heading to the state championship spelling bee next month in the Capital.

Out of 21 qualifiers Madeline Rickert and Alyssa Ramsey out witted classmates, friends and neighbors.

Both girls have previously competed in the Ward County Spelling Bee but only Rickert, the reigning champ has been to state before.

Rickert says, she will be taking her strategies all the way to nationals.

(Madeline Rickert, First Place Speller) "If I blank on a word, I'll ask for the definition, which I'll remember, language of origin, which I'll remember, and then I'll ask for them to use it in a sentence so that I'll have time to think, because for some reason, like when I get really nervous, I blank on some of the easier words..."

The two girls will have a chance to catch fire again on March 21, the date of the North Dakota State Spelling Bee.

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