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‘Ichthyology’ wins Bee for Homeschooler

For a moment it appeared Rose Van Ryckeghem’s dream had ended with ‘ichthyology.’

After meeting three times a week with her coach since the fall and even practicing at parties, one word floated between the tenacious eighth grader and the mark she had had her eye on for months.

However Rose had decided to win the The Tennessean regional spelling bee this year and Tuesday morning she got her way. Ichthyology, by the way, means the branch of zoology that deals with the study of fish.

“I just really wanted to make this last year count,” said Rose, a homeschool student who has been competing in spelling bees since third grade. “I’m still shaking. I’ve been working so hard.” Read more…

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