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Nervous Brooklynite wins National Spelling Bee

May 29, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rebecca A. Sealfon overcame a bad case of nerves to win the 70th National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word ``euonym.″

The 13-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., knew she had won when she was given the word in 22nd round. She had such butterflies she had to sit offstage for part of today’s contest.

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