Wisconsin speller takes on national competition, Challenge academy challenges teens

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Scripps National Spelling Bee
Twelve finalists competing in the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland. Courtesy: Alex Brandon/AP Photo

An eighth grader from Wisconsin recently competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. We talk with her about the experience and her future goals. Then, ahead of graduation day we learn about a five-month residential program called, the Wisconsin Challenge Academy.

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Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Courtney Everett Producer
  • Mackenzie Krumme Producer
  • Maya Jadhav Guest
  • Brad Williams Guest
  • Joni Mathews Guest
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director

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