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

That was Clarisse Tu-don’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 — par-ent company of the Valley Morning Star — and Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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

The 14-year-old Clarisse has competed in several other spelling bees but never took first place in regionals.

“I’m excited, surprised,” said Clarisse, a student at Los Cuates Middle School.

“I almost didn’t spell a lot of them,” she said. “I read books with a lot of big vocabulary words.”

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