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Dodge Middle School students spell Cleave during a preliminary round of the district's spelling bee.

Students put their spelling skills to the test

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A collective sigh of relief passed through the choir room at Dodge Middle School around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. They had made it this far. They'd go on to Thursday's competition.


"They" are the 12 DMS students who made it through the preliminary round of the school's spelling bee. These dozen students will join nine Boeckman Middle School students for the District 192 competition Thursday afternoon.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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