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Kat Peine knows how to S-P-E-L-L the words

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Spelling Bee contestants are, front, left to right, Anna Siebenaler, Andy O’Brien, Christian Strommen, Dylan Shemon. In the middle row are Augustine Bauer, Josh Lewanski, Kat Peine, Monica Calkins, Tedi Berry. In the back row are Nick Foster, Scotty Tuin and Griffin Myers.

The words were “graffiti” and “tantalize.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School seventh grader Kat Peine correctly spelled the words and she was the school’s annual spelling bee champion.

“I kind of wanted to win it last year and I didn’t,” said Peine, who was one of the semifinalists in last year’s contest. “So this year I really wanted it.

“My mom is a good speller and one night she asked me a few words.” That was about it for the preparation, Peine said.

Seton Middle School teacher Laurie Osberg organized this year’s contest.

“Spelling is still important,” she said. “That’s what we are trying to do.”

The contest is for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Initially there was a written exam, followed by oral exams in each classroom. Four students represented each grade.

The semi-finalists were Monica Calkins, Andy O’Brien, Dylan Shemon, Christian Strommen, Augustine Bauer, Tedi Berry, Nick Foster, Josh Lewanski, Griffin Myers, Anna Siebenaler, Scott Tuin and Peine.

After seven rounds it came down to the two finalists – Tuin and Peine. He misspelled the word “graffiti,” giving it another “t.” Kat spelled it correctly and then correctly spelled the next word.

All contestants received certificates.