Local eighth-grader on her way to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Northfield eighth grader Ava Becken's winning word was "triturate," meaning to grind to a fine powder.

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 11:59 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2018 6:39 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A southern Minnesota student is getting ready to take her spelling skills to our nation's capitol after winning the Southeast Minnesota Final Spelling Bee.

Ava Becken, a Northfield eighth grader, spelled "triturate" to take the top prize. The word means to grind to a fine powder.

She'll be on her way to Washington, D.C. at the end of May for the Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Rochester Catholic's Lukas Singer took home the second-place trophy.

He said he studied a lot, but wouldn't say exactly how.

"My method is actually top secret so I wouldn't want to give that away," Singer said.

Being runner-up, he's next in line to go to Washington, D.C. if the winner isn't able.

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