Minot eighth-grader is North Dakota spelling champion

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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.

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