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P-e-r-s-e-v-e-r-a-n-c-e wins for a spelling contestant

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY RANDY SHIPP / June 5, 1981



Washington

Her voice breaking with emotion, Paige Pipkin -- a 13-year-old from El Paso, Texas, who was last year's runner-up -- correctly spelled "sarcophagus" to win the 54th National Spelling Bee. Paige defeated Jason Johnson, 12, of Stevensville, Mich., who misspelled the word "philippic" -- an oration or harangue. Paige spelled it correctly, then spelled sarcophagus to ice her championship.

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Miss Pipkin tripped last year on "glitch," but returned this year to try again. On her way to winning, she confidently spelled "dolcissimo," "tarm ac," and "captious."