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.

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