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Corning-Area Sixth Grader Spells His Way Into Semifinals

A Corning-area sixth-grader reached the semifinal round of this week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. Jairam Hathwar missed the finals by just one word: riegel. It’s a rock formation found in a glacial valley. Hathwar says he’d heard the word before. “I’ve practiced it, but it just didn’t register to me at the time,” he says.