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Nicollet Student Takes Top Honors at District Spelling Bee

Meet Molly Olander, a seventh-grader who recently was titled Burnsville-Eagan-Savage's champion orthographer.

After 19 rounds and 239 words, Molly Olander came out on top at this year's spelling bee with "grievance," G-R-I-E-V-A-N-C-E.

The seventh-grader at Burnsville's Nicollet Junior High took first place at the 29th annual district spelling bee on Nov. 29 in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. Thirty-one students in grades five to eight took part in this year's bee. 

Olander was the last one standing. Eagle Ridge's Hibah Hassan, an eighth-grader, took second place. 

Olander succeeds Marissa Bauer, an eighth-grader from St. John the Baptist, who took home the top prize in 2011 after narrowly defeating Eyakem Yilma, a sixth-grader from Harriet Bishop. 

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