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Fourth-grader eclipses field in spelling bee, heads to state


Margaret Friedenauer

Jayden Rettinger, Dylan Chapell, Alexandria Chapin and Mori Hays compete in the final rounds of the Haines elementary and middle school spelling be on Feb. 7.

Jayden Rettinger sure didn’t act nervous on Tuesday during his first spelling bee.

It only took 25 minutes and six rounds for fourth-grader Rettinger to beat out a field of 12 students for first place in the Haines School Spelling Bee.


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