Sixth Grader Can Spell, Define Debacle

Morgan Sims walked out of the Craighead County Spelling Bee in Arkansas with the first place trophy and a savings bond. However, she will not be going to the state spelling bee because her school did not pay the $100 entry fee. It's optional at the county level but the fee is required for a student to go on to the state level in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sims won the bee by being able to spell — debacle.

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Morgan Sims walked out of the Craighead County Spelling Bee in Arkansas with a first place trophy and a savings bond. But she will not be going to the state spelling bee. That's because her school did not pay a $100 entry fee. That fee's optional for the county contest but required for a student to go onto the state level in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. And the word Morgan Sims got right to win the county spelling bee: debacle.

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