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The Scripps National Spelling Bee returns May 31-June 2 with five competitors hailing from Minnesota. 

Over 230 spellers will compete in this year's event, which will be held in National Harbor, Maryland and ends with a $50,000 cash prize awarded to the champion. All competitors range in age from 7 to 15. 

The Minnesota spellers in this year's bee are: 

  • Nesika Bellville, an eighth grader at Pine-River Backus High School. 
  • Moksh Kanukurthy, a fifth grader at Valley Crossing Elementary (Woodbury)
  • Brielle Brown, a seventh grader at Maple River Middle School.
  • Samuel Passe, an eighth grader at Wabasha-Kellogg Elementary School. 
  • Levi Gould, a seventh grader with Gould Homeschool in Fergus Falls. 

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