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Malerie Fancher claims spelling championship at NGS

Malerie Fancher and Karlie Souder emerged as Newport Grammar School’s top two
spellers on Thursday after 30 rounds of competition. Judges Sandra Wilds, Reba Faye
Sane, and Joe Burchette presented Malerie and Karlie with prize money and certificates
at the close of the event. From left are Wilds, Souder, Sane, Fancher, NGS Principal
Sandra Burchette, and Joe Burchette.
Published: 8:59 PM, 01/24/2014 Last updated: 9:57 AM, 01/25/2014

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

 NEWPORT—For a time it looked as if the school day would end before Newport Grammar School declared their 2014 champion speller on Thursday, but, after 30 rounds of competition, Malerie Fancher, an eighth grader, claimed the top spot.

Fancher bested second place finisher Karlie Souder, a fourth-grader, who stumbled on the word “carcinogen.”

After correctly spelling "carcinogen," a substance or agent producing or inciting cancerous growth, Fancher went on to spell "ragamuffin," a ragged and unkempt youth,” to emerge as victor.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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