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Students compete in Marana Spelling Bee

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 20:13:04-05

MARANA (KGUN9-TV) - More than 5,000 students representing 13 schools competed in Spelling Bee's to get to Tuesday competition in Marana.

Winners from Tuesday will go on to other competitions and eventually the very best will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

One of the students, asked to spell 'juggernaut' accidentally blurted out a 'G' and then spelled 'grape.'  KGUN9 had a few laughs with him after the competition.

"Well, I knew how to spell it and I was spelling it in my head.  Once I got to the 'g' in juggernaut I said it out loud.  As soon as I realized what I did wrong, I head butted the microphone and spelled grape!" said student Josh Patnoe.

Eighth grade student Matthew Glasshoff won the competition with the word 'hustings' in the 9th round.  This is the third year Glasshoff placed 1st at the District bee.

Glasshoff will be joined by the next three top contestants, and alternate, at the Pima County Spelling Bee on February 20 at 10 a.m. at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, Berger Center for Performing Arts.

1st Place:                 Matthew Glasshoff, Marana Middle School, 8th grade

2nd Place:                Joshua Patnoe, Marana Middle School, 7th grade

3rd Place:                 Peyton Fields, Quail Run Elementary School, 6th grade

4th Place:                 Morgan Pepe, Butterfield Elementary School, 5th grade

5th Place/Alternate    Madyson Stutzman, Quail Run Elementary School, 5th grade

Watch some of the highlights of the Spelling Bee in the video above.