May 22, 2015


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We have a CHAMPION

By Susan Ward
Academic Coordinator

It took 14 rounds of difficult words against some excellent competitors, but Cade Klimek, an 8th grader from Chisholm, became the 2015 Multi-Region State Spelling Bee Champion.  Cade’s excitement was obvious when the head judge gave him his potential championship word – egomaniacal.  His hours of studying with the help of his family paid off as he confidently spelled the word correctly and beamed to the applause of the full house. 

Cade’s success earned him an expense paid trip to the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.  While there, he will compete against approximately 300 of the top spellers representing every state and some territories to become the National Champion.  A $30,000 cash prize, engraved trophy, a $2500 U.S. savings bond, and a complete reference library are awarded to the champion.

Cade’s enthusiasm for spelling is obvious as he readily admits that studying spelling is rewarding because there is one right answer, and it is satisfying to be right.  He impressed the audience prior to the winning word by spelling such words as tchotchke, Qatari, escargot, and realschule. 

The 1st Runner-Up trophy was awarded to Megan Chaffey, an 8th grader from Hermantown.  Twenty-one spellers participated in the state bee after advancing from their region cooperative spelling bee.

Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Northeast Service Cooperative, Northwest Service Cooperative, Resource Training and Solutions, and Southwest West Central Service Cooperative are the sponsors of the Multi-Region State Bee.


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