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Sweetwater Middle School student Kara Lehnert won the Regional Spelling Bee in Odessa this past Saturday to earn a trip to the National Finals in Washington D.C. by spelling the word “O-B-S-T-I-N-A-T-E” in the 11th round.

Kara, who finished second in the Odessa American’s spelling bee last year, won prizes on Saturday that include travel expenses for her and one parent to D.C., plus tickets to a barbecue, a tour of the city, and the awards banquet.