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An endeavor to remember

Winners of the Osakis Spelling Bee were (left to right) Stephy Marthaler (third), Scott Ellefson (first) and Isaac Maddock (second). (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 1 / 2
Osakis students from fifth through eighth grade qualified for the Osakis Spelling Bee. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 2 / 2

Seventh grader Scott Ellefson had a memorable "endeavor" at the annual Osakis Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

That was the word he spelled to win the event.

It took 15 rounds to determine the champion.

Ellefson and second place finisher, Isaac Maddock, last year's winner, battled through words like dragoons, mandible, taxidermy, propaganda, conundrum, piteously, facilitate, parenthetical and germinate before Maddock slipped up on subterranean.

Ellefson then won the competition by spelling petulance, followed by endeavor.

The third place winner was Stephy Marthaler.

A total of 20 spellers from fifth through eighth grade qualified for the event.

Tina Eberly, Osakis language arts teacher, was the local coordinator for the bee. Al Edenloff and Roberta Olson of the Osakis Review assisted at the event, which was attended by students, parents and family members.

Ellefson will now represent the Osakis School District at the Regional Spelling Bee scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Fergus Falls.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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