BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Minot eighth-grader Annaliese Rauschenberger is North Dakota’s spelling champion.
The 14-year-old won the state bee on Monday, beating out 25 other finalists. Her winning word was “microbial.”
Fourteen-year-old Chris Fleig of Dickinson was runner-up.
Rauschenberger will compete in the Scripps National Bee beginning May 26 near Washington, D.C.