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Five Minnesota students head to the National Spelling Bee in May

One Minnesotan has won the national title: Sean Conley of Aitkin was 13 when he outlasted the others in 2001.

Five Minnesota students have won regional titles and are headed to the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee in May.

Bring Me The News compiled this list:

  • Max Meyer, 12, from Minnetonka Middle School won a regional Saturday by correctly spelling “transenna” and “electrolyte.” 
  • Ammy Lin, a seventh-grader at Forestview Middle School, won the 2015 Lakes Bee last week by spelling “benevolent” correctly.
  • Cade Klimek, an eighth-grader from Chisholm, won the Multi-Region State Spelling Bee in February by spelling “egomaniacal” correctly.
  • Christine Farnberg, an eighth-grader from Rochester, won the Southeast Regional Spelling Bee in February by spelling “Appalachian” correctly.
  • Briana Joseph, a fifth-grader at St. John Vianney School in Fairmont, took first place at the SCSC Regional Spelling Bee in Mankato last month by spelling “angstrom.” 

They”ll be among the 300 students, eighth grade or younger, competing at the national bee, May 24-29, in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota has had one national champ: Sean Conley from Aitkin, spelled “succedaneum” correctly to win in 2001, when he was 13.