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See larger Kayla Sheffield, 13, of Fort Myers, reacts to winning Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield, a seventh-grader at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, correctly spelled the word "oakenshaw" in the final round of the bee to earn a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. this May.

Photo by DAVID ALBERS, Naples Daily News

Kayla Sheffield, 13, of Fort Myers, reacts to winning Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield, a seventh-grader at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, correctly spelled the word "oakenshaw" in the final round of the bee to earn a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. this May.

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  • Kayla Sheffield, 13, of Fort Myers, reacts to winning Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield, a seventh-grader at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, correctly spelled the word "oakenshaw" in the final round of the bee to earn a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. this May.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Cape Coral home-schooled student Jacob Williamson, 13, celebrates his performance in Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Gulf Middle School student Parker Cohen spells out a word on his palm while competing in the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Dunbar Middle School seventh-grader Kayla Sheffield, 13, celebrates winning Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield correctly spelled the word oakenshaw to earn a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
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- Gulf Middle School student Jamie Lee watches the finalists in the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Scenes from the 15th Annual Lee County Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
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- Dunbar Middle School seventh-grader Kayla Sheffield, 13, celebrates winning Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield correctly spelled the word oakenshaw to earn a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
  • David Albers/Staff
- Cape Coral home-schooled student Jacob Williamson, 13, celebrates his performance in Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park.
  • David Albers/Staff
- Dunbar Middle School seventh-grader Kayla Sheffield, 13, celebrates winning Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield correctly spelled the word oakenshaw to earn a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
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- Dunbar Middle School seventh-grader Kayla Sheffield, 13, prepares to spell the final word in Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield correctly spelled the word oakenshaw to earn a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
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- Dunbar Middle School seventh-grader Kayla Sheffield, 13, reacts to winning Lee County's 15th Annual Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Three Oaks Middle School in San Carlos Park. Sheffield correctly spelled the word oakenshaw to earn a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

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