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Penny Deihl, left, helps her teammate, Lane Schrock, spell a word during the inaugural community spelling bee held Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Along with Pauline Bouchard, right, their team 3 No Trump beat out 14 other teams to earn first place.

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Community spelling bee creates buzz in Steamboat

Saturday event draws 15 teams to challenge brains, encourage interaction

Someone who can spell “platypus” can surely spell “aardvark.” Or so thought Shelly Flanery, once a spelling bee champion in the fifth grade. The Hayden resident had been practicing for the first com­­munity spelling bee for a week, calling her teammates with a word of the day.The first event of its kind was held Sat­­urday at the Steamboat Sp­­rings Community Center.

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