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Maize South student ties for second in state spelling bee

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 7:35 p.m.

A Maize South Middle School sixth-grader who last month won the Sedgwick County Spelling Bee tied for second place in Saturday’s statewide spelling contest.

Brenna Bonham, 11, outspelled 80 other Kansas elementary and middle-schoolers before missing “totipotency” in the ninth of 10 rounds, said Sunflower Spelling Bee coordinator Jan Tinkle. Brenna shares second place with Gina Mathew, a Pittsburg Community Middle School seventh-grader.

Two other Wichita students who placed in the Sedgwick County bee also participated Saturday. Independent School sixth-grader Malar Muthukumar advanced to Round 8; Harun Raffi, a Wichita Collegiate School fourth-grader, made it to Round 7.

Saturday’s champion — Basehor-Linwood Middle School sixth-grader Sterling Hollond — advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held May 26 through June 1 in Washington, D.C. His winning word Saturday was “cetology,” the study of aquatic mammals.

The Sunflower Bee, sponsored by the Hays Daily News, was held at Fort Hays State University.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twittter: @amyreneeleiker.

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