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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 7, 2010

Top spellers gathering for state event

Advertiser Staff

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Fourteen middle school students from across Hawai'i will compete in the state Spelling Bee next weekend at Windward Community College's Palikū Theatre.

The finalists qualified as the champions and runners-up of seven district spelling bees held on four islands from Feb. 9 to March 4.

The state champion will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, June 2 to 4 in Washington, D.C.

Competition to determine the state winner will begin at noon Sunday.

The 14 district qualifiers for the state Spelling Bee include:

Kaua'i: Athena Abadilla (winner), St. Theresa School; Harmony Graziano, Kapa'a Middle School.

Windward: Maria Mesina (winner), St. Ann's Model School; Jordan Kauwe, Windward Nazarene Academy.

Central: Hannah Komar (winner), Our Savior Lutheran School; Brysen Pasion, Mililani Middle School.

Maui: Gabriel Salazar (winner), Maui Waena Intermediate School; Christopher Kim, Maui Waena Intermediate.

Leeward: Marina Leota (winner), Wai'anae Intermediate School; Charisse Agraan, Lanakila Baptist School.

Honolulu: Brandan Sakaa (winner), 'Iolani School; Lyn Luu, Kalākaua Middle School.

Big Island: Madison Inman (winner), Hawai'i Preparatory Academy; Alyssa Volivar, Kamehameha Schools-Hawai'i.