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Dodge Middle School student Drake Rodriguez beat out 20 other students to win Farmington's spelling bee. He will represent the district at an upcoming regional bee.

A Q and A with Farmington's spelling champ


Drake Rodriguez is a soft spoken guy. The son of Amy and Eric Rodriguez of Farmington, Drake's an eighth grader at Dodge Middle School. He's also the 2011-12 District 192 Spelling Bee champion.

Rodriguez beat out 20 other middle school students to earn the title of spelling bee champ during the Jan. 19 spelling bee held at Boeckman Middle School. He'll advance to the regional competition, which will be held March 10 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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