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Duluth middle school student headed to National Spelling Bee

"Durezza."We here at the News Tribune had to dust off our really big dictionary to find out what that word means (it's an Italian phrase used in the music world, to denote something should be played with harshness). But Logan Griggs, an eighth-gr...

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Logan Griggs claimed the title at the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee and earned a spot in the National Spelling Bee in May in Washington D.C. (Submitted photo)

“Durezza.”
We here at the News Tribune had to dust off our really big dictionary to find out what that word means (it’s an Italian phrase used in the music world, to denote something should be played with harshness).
But Logan Griggs, an eighth-grader at Duluth’s Lincoln Park Middle School, was able to correctly spell it without assistance on Monday to claim the title at the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee and earn a spot in the National Spelling Bee in May in Washington D.C.
Logan’s victory came in the 24th round of the competition in Fergus Falls, Minn., according to a report from the organizers. Another Duluth student - Nina Wilkowske, a seventh-grader from Ordean East Middle School - was the runner-up.
Among the other words Logan spelled correctly on Monday were edelweiss, durwan, mukhtar, mynheer and anschluss (we’ll let you look up those definitions). He said his interest in music - he plays viola and writes music - and global studies may have helped him with some of the challenging words.
“Logan will undoubtedly be an excellent representative of our state at the National Bee,” state coordinator Susan Ward said in a news release. “He faced extremely difficult words with poise. I’m confident that he will do well and thoroughly enjoy the national experience.”
Monday’s competition included 21 spellers from seven regions in the state. The National Spelling Bee will be held the week of May 22.

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