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Mississippi spelling bee champ crowned

JACKSON, MS (WLOX/AP) - Rani Jaiswal, representing Winston Academy in Winston County, has won the 2010 Mississippi Statewide Spelling Bee, correctly spelling "tamarind" and "anachronism."

The event was held Tuesday at Mississippi Public Broadcasting auditorium in Jackson.

Runner up Dzung Le, representing Northwest Rankin Middle School in Rankin County, lost with "lokshen," a Yiddish word for a type of noodle pudding.

Twenty-eight spellers participated in the event sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Educators, and hosted live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

South Mississippi's spelling bee contestants represented the coast well, despite not winning the top spot.

Tyler Anderson, 12, represented Harrison County. The 7th grader from D'Iberville Middle School was eliminated in Round 7 on the word "homburg."

Jackson County's representative, 11-year-old Annie Blair, a 6th grader at St. Martin Middle School, was also eliminated in Round 7 on the word "knish."

Kelyn Bosley from Holy Trinity Catholic School in Hancock County was eliminated in the second round on the word "renovate."

As Mississippi's overall winner, Jaiswal receives a cash award from the state teacher's association to help pay for expenses to Washington, D.C., in June for the 83rd Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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