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August 23, 2018 Area spellers shine at State Fair
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

The Kalona Spelling Club took nine kids to the State Fair Spelling Bee on Aug. 10 to compete against the best spellers in the state.

The club had a record six spellers in the fifth/sixth grade division, which began with 43 competitors.

The bee lasted 31 rounds, with the final 14 rounds between only two spellers: Henry Yoder of Kalona and Tanya Rastogi of Bettendorf.

Other spellers in the division were Madi Davison of Kalona (sixth place), Logan McClellan of Wellman (10th place), Jason Heitman of Kalona (15th place), Adelle Jenkins of Wellman (17th place) and Ava Pence of Kalona (19th place).

Kalona had two spellers in the third/fourth grade division: Taylor Pence and Max Kipp, both of Kalona.

After the first round, the field of 54 kids was reduced to 37.

Pence earned a 10th place finish, while Kipp place 21st.

In the first/second grade division, Halie Schweitzer of Wellman was the lone Kalona Spelling Club representative, but took fourth place out of 53 in her first ever spelling bee.

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