Monday, March 24, 2014


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The definition of the word is "fond of, or causing heated arguments," but things didn't become too heated March 22 as 12-year-old Kiana Lacroix, a Coeur d'Alene seventh-grader, emerged victorious in the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee.

North Idaho has sent a steady stream of its spelling bee winners to the nation's capital to compete in the National Spelling Bee, and that's one of the reasons for a record number of kids in this year's bee in Idaho's Panhandle—more than 50 fourth- through eighth-graders were tested by more than 300 words this weekend, the most words ever used in the North Idaho bee.

But after breezing through such words as "ephemeral," "kielbasa," "pollards," "melange," and a string of other complex words, Lacroix successfully spelled "disputatious," and was showered with confetti.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Lacroix won a medallion, a new dictionary, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the May 27 National Spelling Bee, to be televised by ESPN.

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