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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Alicia Gonzalez
Eighth-grader Alicia Gonzalez hadn't missed a day of school since the first grade. So when she won her regional spelling bee earlier this year by correctly spelling "prerogative," she faced a dilemma — compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee or ruin her perfect attendance streak.
"There will be a lot of people and a lot of kids," she said. "I'm nervous, excited and happy."
For her part, Alicia said she has mixed feelings about the national competition.