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Suwanee Elementary School fourth-grader Shruthi Santhanam sits next to otherstate spelling bee finalists at Georgia State University on Friday. Santhanam lasted 15 rounds of the bee, one of the longest in years, before being ousted by the word "latency." Santhanam placed eighth.

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Local student places 8th at Bee

ATLANTA -- Shruthi Santhanam's goal was to make it through the first round of the Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee.


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