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Meet Victoria County's spelling bee co-champions

March 13, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2012 at 10:14 p.m.


FIRST PLACE: All-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Spelling Bee competition sponsored by Victoria Advocate; Webster's Third New International Dictionary (donated by Merriam-Webster); Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate - valued at approximately $50 (donated by Mr. Jay Sugarman in honor of his father); One-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online (donated by Encyclopedia Britannica); Valerie Supplement (donated by Hexco)SECOND PLACE: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (donated by Merriam-Webster); One-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online; Valerie Supplement (donated by Hexco)THIRD PLACE: One-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica OnlineFOURTH PLACE: $20 gift certificate (donated by the Scripps National Spelling Bee)FIFTH PLACE: $20 gift certificate

Twelve spellers from around the Crossroads are prepared to wage war over words for the chance to be crowned the 2012 Regional Spelling Bee Champion.

For the next six days, we will feature, in all their glory, the co-champions from participating counties.

First up are Victoria County's co-champions - Our Lady of Victory's Andrew Bernhard and DeLeon Elementary's Therese Eamiguel.

Both are spelling bee veterans, with Andrew clenching last year's championship, and Therese representing her school at last year's county championship.

The Regional Spelling Bee premieres at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Victoria College's Johnson Symposium, 2200 E. Red River St.

If you can't make it to the battle royale, be sure to check out our live video from the event at



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