National spelling bee won't take second Missouri contestant

The first student in line to replace Morgan Brown, the star-crossed super-spelling Missouri seventh-grader bumped last week from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, also has been declared ineligible for the national competition.

The St. Joseph News-Press, sponsor of the regional bee that should have vaulted Morgan to the national event, learned Monday that the runner-up in the March 8 northwest Missouri contest also wouldn’t be allowed to make the trip to Washington.

At issue is the same pitfall that tripped up Morgan — a new rule requiring participants’ schools to enroll directly with the national bee.

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