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Southland students win spot in Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Three Southland students will be minding their p’s and q’s as they compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee which begins today in Maryland.

12-year-old Nickan Fayyazi from Portola Highly Gifted Magnet in Tarzana, 13-year-old old Justin Chuang from Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, and 13-year-old Sam Nitz from The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach are among 278 competitors vying for the $30,000 prize from Scripps.

Southern California has produced only one champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which began in 1925 — a boy from Poway back in 2005.

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