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MOORHEAD — It was a gym packed with excited onlookers at Park Christian School in Moorhead Monday morning, Jan. 30.

The competition wasn't a sporting event. It was the annual spelling bee.

Twenty students from fourth to eighth grade competed — spelling words from banana to lyre to mahogany.

Seventh-grader Sophia Beach took home the title this year, and for her, it meant a little more.

"It feels really great because last year I was super nervous and my nerves overtook me and I spelled the word 'dojo' wrong," she said.

Beach said she was surprised by correctly spelling "poutine," a Canadian dish.

"I was so surprised, I didn't even know what poutine was," she said.

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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