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Local student reaches national Spelling Bee

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Leader photo by HEATHER SMALL HAWLEY • Rosie Shultz, 11, a student at Cypress Springs Elementary, recently won the 2016 Northwest Louisiana Regional Spelling Bee. She will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Rosie Shultz likes a challenge.

The 11-year-old stood in front of the gathered crowd recently in Shreveport and calmly said the seven letters — A-D-O-R-N-E-D — that would declare her the winner of the 2016 Northwest Louisiana Regional Spelling Bee.

The Cypress Springs fifth grader said she was nervous about spelling in front of a large crowd, but was equally undeterred in her desire to claim the title of winner, which would allow her to secure a place in the Scribbs National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

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