Top-area spellers are preparing for The Charlotte Observer's 60th Annual Regional Spelling Bee, set for Feb. 24.
Out of Cabarrus County come two contenders: Joy Jackson, a seventh-grader from Harris Road Middle, will represent the county's public schools, and Cannon School eighth-grader Osahon Tokunboh for the county's independent schools.
The match in Fort Mill came down to the Pollack twins, Charlotte and Madeleine, who are seventh-graders at Springfield Middle, according to the Fort Mill Times.
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The competition will be steep: Charlotte beat out Madeleine with "poltergeist." Joy won with the word "insidious;" Osahon with "pangolin" (which, by the way, is an animal that looks like the one you see to the right).
The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which takes place in May.