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Minot eighth-grader repeats as North Dakota spelling champ, advances to national competition

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — Fourteen-year-old Minot student Madeline Rickert is North Dakota's spelling champ for the second year in a row.

The Erik Ramstad Middle School eighth-grader correctly spelled "gadfly" to win the state contest in Bismarck on Monday. She advances to the national competition in Washington, D.C., in late May.

Madeline tied for 47th place in last year's national bee.

This year's runner-up in the state bee was Cavalier sixth-grader Maya Sumra. West Fargo eighth-grader Seth Ouellette took third.

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