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Konawaena Middle School student crowned Hawaii State Spelling Bee champion

From left: PBS president / CEO Leslie Wilcox; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer. (Photo courtesy of PBS Hawaii)

From left: PBS president / CEO Leslie Wilcox; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer. (Photo courtesy of PBS Hawaii)

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Christianne Abella, an eighth grader at Konawaena Middle School, emerged Saturday evening as the 2014 champion of the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee at PBS Hawaii.

Abella will represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 25-31. The national bee is televised live on ESPN.

Her winning word was “plangency” – the quality of a loud, resounding sound.

Runner-up Hope Kudo, another eighth grader from Hawaii Island, represented Kealakehe Intermediate School.

Abella and Kudo were this year’s Hawaii Island co-champions.

The other 12 contestants were:

1. Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6 – Kauai

2. Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8 – Leeward Oahu

3. John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Central Oahu

4. Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu

5. Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu

6. Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7 – Windward Oahu

7. Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5 – Leeward Oahu

8. Leila Nelson of Kapaa Middle School, Grade 7 – Kauai

9. Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5 – Windward Oahu

10. Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Maui

11. Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8 – Central Oahu

12. Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4 – Maui

As Hawaii’s only public television station, PBS Hawaii advances learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world.

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www.PBSHawaii.org

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