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GOOD NEWS: Local North Idaho Student Wins Trip to DC For Spelling Bee

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KHQ.COM - Kiana Lacroix, a 7th grader at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, won the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee. This victory landed her a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May.

Kiana said spelling has been her "sport" for a long time. Her mom helped her practice lists upon lists of words to prepare her for the North Idaho Spelling Bee. And, now that she has advanced, she has to start studying a little bit differently, focusing more on definitions and origins of words instead of only the spelling.

Kiana said she realized she was a gifted speller when she started to do more writing because she liked to be her own "spellchecker."

She also thinks it is a skill that can help her down the road.

"I think spelling is an importnat skill to have when we do a lot of essays, in almost every subject," she said. "Especially when you go onto college they'll have essays, college professors are harder on you than regular school teachers."

Kiana expects her strategy to help her in DC.

"I don't like to look directly at judges," she explained. "I can look right past them, close my eyes so I can see the word, I definitely have to deep breathe, because I don't know what word I'm going to get."

And because she spelled words like "barukhzy" and "pollard" correctly in Idaho, she will prepare to be ready for anything.

"Like my old teacher said, you don't know if it's going to be cat or onomatopoeia," she explained.

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