Seneca Teen Preparing For National Spelling Bee

SENECA, Kan. (AP) _ A 13-year-old girl from rural Seneca is
preparing to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this

Cara Knapp won The Topeka Capital-Journal's 58th annual Regional
Spelling Bee in March. She received a $100 savings bond, a
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and a one-year subscription to

She also won a weeklong trip for herself and a parent to
Washington, D.C., where she will represent The Capital-Journal at
the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The home schooled seventh-grader said she's a little nervous
about the upcoming bee, but she is trying to stay positive and

This year's bee starts Tuesday when 275 spellers from across the
country take a written 25-word round one test. Semifinalists will
compete on stage Thursday morning. Championship rounds are later
that evening.

Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal,

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