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Spelling champs to compete in county bee

By Carolina Astrain
Feb. 24, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2014 at 8:24 p.m.

Rosalyn Marie Brysch and Brenner Allen Lemke shook with excitement when they learned they would be competing in the Victoria County Spelling Bee.

"If I had been able to faint, I probably would have," Brenner, 10, said.

Rosalyn, 10, was named the Spelling Bee Champion at Nazareth Academy; Brenner was named the champion at Aloe Elementary School.

"I was shaking," Rosalyn said. "I don't know how to explain it, but I was just so happy."

Twenty-nine Victoria County students, ranging from third to eighth grade, will go head-to-head Thursday at the Victoria County Spelling Bee.

"It was a pretty good feeling advancing because I had tried to win every year that I could compete," said Brenner, whose winning word was "premier."

Rosalyn, who won with the word "bazooka," said she practiced by using an audio recording application on her iPad.

"I pause it before I get to the word spelling, and then I spell it out loud," said Rosalyn, who sometimes practices with her mother.

Susan Prukop, Victoria College development director, said about a fourth of the participants are returning victors.

Champion words from the past include "excoriate" and "quittance," Prukop said.

Cindy Buchholz, Victoria College dean of arts, humanities and social sciences, is the pronouncer assigned to the competition.

"She's been the pronouncer for several years," Prukop said.

Preparing for the Victoria County Spelling Bee has expanded her vocabulary, Rosalyn said.

"I wish everybody the best of the luck," Rosalyn said.

Brenner said he is nervous but that he's also confident about his spelling ability.

"You have some hard competition coming your way," said Brenner to his fellow contestants.

Prizes include gift cards to Hastings, ribbons and contest certificates, Prukop said.

The top two spellers from the Victoria County Spelling Bee will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 18 at Johnson Symposium.


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