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Contestants Chosen for State Scripps Spelling Bee

Image Regional Spelling Bee 2016 Southeast South Dakota spelling bee winners Logan Gregg, Harshavardhan Kadarkaraisamy and Christine Awo Addo.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Fifteen young people from across South Dakota have pondered, grimaced and enunciated their way into the statewide Scripps Spelling Bee that will be held March 19 at the University of South Dakota.

The top winners from school contests took part in the regional competitions in Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Mitchell and Rapid City. The top three winners from each of those sites now advance to the state contest, which will be streamed live online at on Saturday, March 19 beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT). The student who wins state will then compete May 23-27 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

The regional contest winners:

Southeast South Dakota (Vermillion), sponsored by USD:

1st: Logan Gregg, Vermillion Middle School, 8th grade

2nd: Harshavardhan Kadarkaraisamy, Vermillion Middle School, 6th grade

3rd: Christine Awo Addo, Dakota Valley Upper Elementary School (North Sioux City), 5th grade

West River (Rapid City), sponsored by the Rapid City Journal:

1st: Sierra Oesterling, South Dakota Christian Home Educators (Custer), 5th grade

2nd: Devyn Brennan, St. Elizabeth Seaton (Rapid City), 4th grade

3rd: Alec Doyle, South Middle School, (Rapid City), 8th grade

Corn Palace (Mitchell):

1st: Malcolm Janis, Wagner Community School, 7th grade

2nd: MacKenzie Christensen, Huron Middle School, 7th grade

3rd: Aubrey Rutledge, Huron Middle School, 7th grade

Northeast (Watertown), sponsored by Rotary International Clubs-Watertown:

1st: Jamie Robbins, Waverly-South Shore School, 6th grade

2nd: Nathan Cole Dais, George S. Mickelson Middle School (Brookings), 7th grade

3rd: Grace Cordell, Castlewood Elementary School, 6th grade

Sioux Falls:

1st: Ryan Presler, Brandon Valley Intermediate School, 5th grade

2nd: Lacey Howe, Greater Sioux Falls Home School Association, 7th grade

3rd: Nickolas Lange, Patrick Henry Middle School (Sioux Falls), 7th grade

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Co. and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The competition is open for students in first grade through the eighth grade.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News