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Three Logan County finalists advance
to March 13 spelling bee    
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[FEB. 12, 2004]  The annual Logan County Spelling Bee, jointly sponsored by the Regional Office of Education and the Pantagraph, lasted 15 rounds and consisted of 55 words. Thirteen school representatives were involved in the competition at the Logan County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Amanda Podbelsek, daughter of Dan and Ann Podbelsek, was this year's winner. Amanda is in the eighth grade at Lincoln Zion Lutheran School. She won the spelling bee by correctly spelling the word "blunderbuss." Brandon Endres, son of Greg and Peggy Morrow and an eighth-grade student at Carroll Catholic School, was the first runner-up. Emily Bobell, an eighth-grader at Elkhart Elementary, was second runner-up. Emily is the daughter of Bob and Sharon Foley.

Mary McKeeth from the Normal Public Library was the pronouncer. Jean Anderson, regional superintendent of schools, presented the winner with a trophy and presented each of the three finalists with a new dictionary.

The three young people will represent Logan County at the Pantagraph Spelling Bee March 13 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

[News release and picture
provided by Sandy Blane

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