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Associated Press, Published March 25 2013

New Leipzig teen is North Dakota spelling champion

BISMARCK — A New Leipzig teenager will represent North Dakota in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in late May.

Thirteen-year-old Taylor Roehl outlasted nearly 100 other spellers to win the state bee last Friday. She correctly spelled her final word, "debenture," to beat Noah Heuchert, of St. Thomas.

Last year's state winner, Ty Korsmo, finished third this year.

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