Spell-binding finish

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Christina Benitscheck, 11, of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday morning at Clovis Community College. The winning word was chimichanga. She advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but […]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the […]