Annaliese Rauschenberger, an eighth-grader at South Prairie, is the state spelling bee champ

Submitted Photo Annaliese Rauschenberger, a South Prairie eighth-grader, is the North Dakota State Spelling Bee champion.

Annaliese Rauschenberger, an eighth-grader at South Prairie School in rural Minot, spelled “microbial” to win the State Spelling Bee in Bismarck on Monday.

“It was pretty easy,” said Annaliese of the word that refers to a characteristic of a microorganism, especially one that causes disease. “There were definitely (words) I was glad I didn’t get.”

For some spellers, it can be nervewracking to spell in front of an audience, but Annaliese said getting up in front of a crowd doesn’t bother her too much.

“I’m used to it,” she said.

Annaliese, a two-time Ward County Spelling Bee champion, also competed at the state spelling bee last year. This will be the first year she will represent the state at the national spelling bee, which will be held May 27 in National Harbor, Md.

“It sounds really fun,” said Annaliese, who talked with last year’s spelling bee champion, Tobi Shorunke from Fargo, about what she can expect at the national bee.

Annaliese won a year-long subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a subscription to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. She said she plans to use both sites to help her prepare for the national spelling bee.

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