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South Dakota Spelling Bee Results Released

Image 2016 Scripps Winners 2016 South Dakota spelling bee champs: Sierra Oesterling, Custer, third; Ryan Presler, Brandon, second; Logan Gregg, Vermillion, first.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Vermillion Middle School student Logan Gregg won the South Dakota Scripps Spelling Bee over the weekend at the University of South Dakota and will represent the state at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Gregg, an eighth-grader, was the top oral speller among 14 competitors from around the state. He won by spelling “mechanistic.” Ryan Presler, a fifth-grader from Brandon Valley Intermediate school, won second place. Sierra Oesterling, a fifth-grader from South Dakota Christian Home Educators (Custer), took third place.

Seventh-grader Nathan Cole-Dai from George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings won the written test. Second place went to Christine Awo Addo, Dakota Valley Upper Elementary School (North Sioux City), fifth grade. And MacKenzie Christensen, Huron Middle School, seventh grade, won third.

The other students who competed at the state spelling bee: Harshavardhan Kadarkaraisamy, Vermillion Middle School, sixth grade; Devyn Brennan, St. Elizabeth Seaton (Rapid City), fifth grade; Malcolm Janis, Wagner Community School, seventh grade; Aubrey Rutledge, Huron Middle School, seventh grade; Jamie Robbins, Waverly-South Shore School, sixth grade; Grace Cordell, Castlewood Elementary School, sixth grade; Lacey Howe, Greater Sioux Falls Home School Association, seventh grade; and Nickolas Lange, Patrick Henry Middle School (Sioux Falls), seventh grade.

USD sponsors the state competition and Rotary Clubs International of South Dakota is a partner.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place May 24-26 in Washington. ESPN will broadcast the finals live. Scripps said more than 11 million students participated this year.


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