The defending champion in the North Dakota state spelling bee won his fifth straight county bee, but not without some spirited competition from his sister.
Thirteen-year-old Ty Korsmo and his 11-year-old sister, Siri, were the only competitors left after the fourth round in last weekend's Grand Forks County bee.
Then "brother and sister duked it out for eight more rounds," says their mother, Debbie Korsmo. The family lives in Northwood.
After Siri tripped up on the word "guffaw," Ty took the title by spelling "polemic."
The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/ZxRTcs) that both of the competitors will advance to the state bee.
And Siri didn't pout about placing second. Debbie Korsmo says that after the showdown was finished, Siri said she'd had fun.