- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Sublette County third-grader Sakiusa Meador is Wyoming’s new state Spelling Bee champion.

Meador spelled “magnific” correctly on Saturday during the bee in Laramie.

He will represent Wyoming at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., later this year.

Meador beat 76 other spellers, including his brother, from 19 counties.

He made few mistakes in the 50-word written preliminary round, and no mistakes in 13 rounds of oral competition.

Hyrum Baxter of Campbell County finished second, followed by Gustavus (Orion) Aronson of Fremont County in third.

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