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Coeur d'Alene 7th grader wins regional spelling bee

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Josiah Pinkerton and North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Pronouncer Joe Jacoby. Josiah Pinkerton and North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Pronouncer Joe Jacoby.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

A 7th grader from Coeur d'Alene outspelled 41 other students from the five northern counties of Idaho to become the champion speller in the 13th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at North Idaho College.

Josiah Pinkerton, a student from the North Idaho Home Educators Association, won an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May near Washington, D.C. courtesy of the event's sponsor, Hagadone Newspapers. In addition he received a Merriam Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate, a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium edition, a plaque, a medallion and a North Idaho College events pass for the 2016-2017 school year.

 The spelling bee lasted eight rounds Saturday. The first runner up, Erika Gallus, an 8th grader also of NIHEA, slipped up on the word provolone, while Pinkerton correctly spelled motif and the championship word, vernacular to take the win.

Congratulations to all 41 participants in this year's spelling bee. A full list of results will be posted at www.nic.edu/news on Monday, March 21.

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