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Victory spelled p-e-n-i-t-e-n-t-i-a-r-y

History repeated itself as Leo Lee, winner of the 2009 Champlain Valley Educational Services Regional Spelling Bee, reclaimed victory during this year's bee held March 4 at Peru Central School. Lee faced last year's winner, Alyssa Szczypien from Peru Central, to win the competition in the 26th round, correctly spelling the word "penitentiary." Lee will now go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this June in Washington, D.C., courtesy of North Country Parents for the National Spelling Bee and the Press-Republican - the regional spelling bee's co-sponsors.

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