Girl Wins Spelling Bee After 41 Rounds

Posted on April 5, 2006 

Girl Wins Spelling Bee After 41 Rounds

After 41 rounds and 4 1/2 hours, Anna Rose Wright won the Treasure State Spelling Bee Saturday. “I have never seen a bee go this long,” said round judge Lynn Schwanke of Missoula, a previous state bee director for more than 20 years. “It was really remarkable.”

Anna Rose, 13, and Tim Best, 12, of Joliet battled head-to-head for 25 rounds after the remaining 63 contestants fell out of the competition.

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