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Kari Lucin/Daily Globe Teacher Hollie Hibma congratulates fifth-grader Emily Shaffer on winning the Prairie Elementary Spelling Bee Friday.

Prairie Elementary Spelling Bee champion named

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WORTHINGTON -- After 12 rounds of intense competition and a showdown with second-place winner Jordan Jensen, Emily Shaffer took top honors at the Prairie Elementary Spelling Bee Friday, correctly spelling both "energetic" and "chocolate" for the win.

"I didn't even think I'd get to third place," Shaffer said following the fifth-grade-only contest.

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