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Young Alphabet Aces Win State Fair Spelling Contests

DES MOINES, IA (08/14/2018) (readMedia)-- Elementary-aged children from across the state squared off in the Youth Spelling Bee, judged Friday, August 10, at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results below:

Youth 5th and 6th grades

1) Tanya Rastogi, Bettendorf

2) Henry Yoder, Kalona

3) Sruthi Vallabhajosyula, Waukee

Youth 3rd and 4th grades

1) Lincon Clark, Centerville

2) Sophia Gustafson, Ankeny

3) Laura Fikse, Sully

Youth 1st and 2nd grades

1) Sozo Hill, Council Bluffs

2) Elliot McNulty, Mt. Vernon

3) Jason DeRidder, Grinnell


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