KAILUA Alyssa Nee last night overcame mononucleosis and then went on to win the Windward District spelling bee title.
No, the Kailua Intermediate eighth-grader wasnt ill. Alyssa correctly spelled the word "mononucleosis" and then "epistemic" to win the bee, held at Le Jardin Academy.
Alyssa, 13, was last years Windward District runner-up. Her guardian is Patricia Nee.
Finishing second last night was Vanessa Cabe, 13, an eighth-grader at St. Anns School in Kaneohe. She is the daughter of Mario and Judy Cabe of Kaneohe.
The district champion and runner-up qualify for The Honolulu Advertiser State Spelling Bee in March.
The Hawaii spelling bee champion wins a trip to Washington to compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. The trip is sponsored by The Advertiser.
The state champion also will receive a Merriam-Websters Third New International Dictionary; a $200 Sears merchandise certificate; a Radio Shack CD player; a $100 U.S. savings bond from Samuel Louis Sugarman; a Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee gift certificate; and, for the winners parents, a $20 Tesoro Hawaii gift certificate.
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