Photo: Spectacular speller

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011

Thane Reishus-O’Brien, right, receives applause from the audience and Floyd Dryden Middle School classmate and second place finisher Henry Cummins, left, after winning the Juneau School District Spelling Bee held in the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium Wednesday evening. Both are eighth-graders. Reishus-O’Brien will have his expenses paid to attend the state-level competition in Anchorage on March 3. The winner of the Alaska Spelling Bee advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. the first week in June. Reishus-O’Brien won by spelling the word “phalanx” (a group or body in close formation).

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