February 6, 2012 | Vol. 42 No. 6

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

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

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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.

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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