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Osakis speller finishes fourth at state

Isaac Maddock holds the trophy he won at the Osakis Spelling Bee. (Osakis Review file photo)

It took a tricky word — schottische — to snap the spelling streak of Osakis eighth grader, Isaac Maddock.

Maddock was the winner of the Osakis School Spelling Bee on Jan. 15 and placed second out of 30 competitors in the Regional Bee in Fergus Falls Feb. 5 to advance to the multi-region State Spelling Bee on Feb. 19.

Mattock, going up against 21 regional winners, made it all the way into the top four before he was tripped up with schottische, a slow polka believed to have originated in Bohemia.

"He did a fantastic job," said Susan Ward of Lakes Country Service Cooperative in Fergus Falls, which hosted the competition. "We were very impressed with how he handled the challenges of the words he received and how he worked through them to get it right."

The winner of the multi-region State Spelling Bee advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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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