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Mo. Spelling Bee Runs Out of Words

Posted: Feb 23, 2014 2:50 PM by The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Two Jackson County students who went toe-to-toe for 66 rounds in the county's annual spelling bee aren't quite finished after event organizers ran out of words for the contest.

The Kansas City Star reports 25 students started the championship round Saturday, but only two remained after 19 rounds.

From there, fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman of Highland Park Elementary in Lee's Summit and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation in Kansas City, buzzed through the list of words provided by the national bee and 20 others plucked from the dictionary.

At about 2 p.m. - five hours after the contest started - bee officials decided not to pull more words from the dictionary and instead decided to continue the competition March 8 at an undetermined library location.

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