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Gwinnett's top spellers head to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The best spellers from Gwinnett County will take on fellow phonetic fanatics Friday during the state spelling bee in Atlanta.

About 20 of the state's top spellers are will compete at 11 a.m. Friday at Georgia State University's Student Center during the Georgia Association of Educators' State Spelling Bee.

Local students competing include Karl Patram of Alton C. Crews Middle, Rohan Ramdeholl of North Gwinnett Middle and Nicholas Poulos of Wesleyan School.

The student who emerges victorious from the contest will be crowned the GAE State Spelling Bee champion and will represent Georgia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 28-30.

"This is it," said GAE President Calvine Rollins. "It will come down to one word from one of these students, and we will have our 2013 champion."

Added Rollins: "All of the hours learning every word they possibly could will culminate with a state champion who will take their drive and energy to Washington D.C. to represent us."

Those students taking part in Friday's spelling bee were the winners and runners up from the nine district Georgia Association of Educators' spelling bees and the Georgia Independent School Association.