Champion speller’s winning way

HARLINGEN — “S-A-N-G-U-I-N-A-R-Y. Sanguinary.”

That was Clarisse Tudon’s password to first place yesterday at the Rio Grande Valley 28th Annual Regional Spelling Bee.

The competition at Texas State Technical College was sponsored by AIM Media Texas — parent company of the Valley Morning Star — and Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Los Fresnos eighth grader had out-spelled 52 other students in the competition.

The winning word arrived in the 13th round, earning her a place in the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

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