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Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Catherine Cojocaru of Rochester correctly spelled her first word in tonight’s finals of the National Spelling Bee, nailing "Huguenot," a name for French Protestants, who fled from religious persecution in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The competition is airing nationally on ABC-TV.

The national final rounds started tonight with 12 spellers. One contestant misspelled a word. The remaining 11 will advance to the ninth round.

They will continue to advance as many rounds until one speller is left.

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Catherine, 14, is an eighth-grader at Holy Spirit School in Rochester.

Return to this site for continued updates through the evening and look for a full story in the Weekend edition of the Post-Bulletin newspaper on Saturday.

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