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Homeschooled 8th Grader to Represent IUPUI in National Spelling Bee


May 17, 2011

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Eighth-grader Regina Solomito of Indianapolis will represent Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on June 1-2, 2011. A total of 275 youth, including 13 from Indiana, are scheduled to compete for the national title.

Solomito, who is homeschooled, won the Marion County Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 28, 2011, at IUPUI. In the competition with 40 other students from Marion County, Solomito correctly spelled the word “uitlander” to win the regional bee.

Courtney Glait from Sycamore School took second place and Shayla Cabalan from St. Jude Catholic School took third place in the regional competition.

IUPUI, Kroger and the Indianapolis Rotary Club sponsored the Marion County Regional Spelling Bee.

For winning the regional bee, Solomito and a chaperone will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national bee, sponsored by the Indianapolis Rotary Club Foundation. She also received a $100 savings bond from Jay Sugarman, chairman and CEO of iStar Financial, in honor of his father, Samuel Louis Sugarman; a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition; a one-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online; a $100 Kroger gift card; and a $20 gift card.

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