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Timber Trail spellers take bee into overtime

Grace Regnier, left, is this year’s Timber Trail Elementary Spelling Bee winner. Annie Deschane (right) took second place.

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett

For the first time in Timber Trail Elementary School’s history, the school’s best spellers had to stay after school to determine who would take home the coveted trophy and title of 2013 Spelling Bee Winner.

After narrowing the field of spellers from 20 down to two, fifth graders Grace Regnier and Annie Deschane battled through several rounds — and the final bell. Deschane was well prepared for the competition and wasn’t going down without a fight; after all other contestants had been eliminated, the two girls spelled for nearly an hour before Regnier finally won by spelling “incarceration” and “thoracic” correctly to take the title.

Regnier is a spelling bee veteran who nearly took the title last year.

“Last year’s winner, Max Graef, used flash cards to help him prepare so that’s what I did this year,” said Regnier. “It feels pretty good to win.”

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