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"Heidi Grey of Bethany Lutheran Elementary took home the trophy at the South Kitsap School District's annual spelling bee Monday night..Grey dueled with Marie Spiker from Orchard Heights Elementary School for eight rounds before she correctly spelled strophic and won the bee.Grey is a 13 year-old eighth grader and Spiker, the runner-up, is an eleven year-old fifth grader. Both girls will represent the district in the regional competition on March 23 at 6:30 p.m., at Bremerton High School's Performing Arts Center.The winner and runner-up of the regional event will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The national level of the bee is 75 years old and offers up to $25,000 in cash and prizes, as well as sight-seeing opportunities. There will be two days of competition.Shoot, said Grey in the sixth round, when she realized she had just misspelled veterinarian. But Spiker also misspelled her word in that round.Seven competitors were out in the fourth round, narrowing the numbers to three. One of the seven made an appeal during the fifth round, but it was explained after a few seconds of delay.Besides taking the trophy, Grey also won a $50 savings bond. Spiker received a plaque and a $25 savings bond.Grey and Spiker are the daughters of Joel and Carrie Grey and David and Thin Spiker, respectively.The following students competed in the district wide bee on March 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cedar Heights Junior High School library: Candice Reinke, Burley-Glenwood Elementary; Brandon Mathews, Cedar Heights Junior High; Maggie Posadas, East Port Orchard Elementary; Alden Lee, Explorer Academy; Erica Anies, Hidden Creek Elementary; Jonathan Shepherd, John Sedgwick Junior High; Keegan Tarbell, Manchester Christian Academy; Matt Burgess, Manchester Elementary; Robert Tierney, Marcus Whitman Junior High; Alex Buenaventura, Mullenix Ridge Elementary; Heather Powers, Olalla Elementary; Matt King, Sidney Glen Elementary; Rochelle Gagg, South Colby Elementary; and Amanda Pierson, Sunnyslope Elementary. "

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