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Four-time spelling bee winner from St. Augustine retiring

3:41 PM, Jul 10, 2013   |    comments
Grace Remmer, St. Augustine Spelling Bee Champ retiring after four years of wins.
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A local spelling bee champ is retiring after four years of wins at the regional level. St. Augustine's Grace Remmer is going into the ninth grade and is no longer eligible to compete, but said words will always be her passion.

For the last four years, 14-year-old Grace Remmer has carried around a dictionary with hundreds of thousands of words. 

"People say, 'why don't you use more big words in your conversation?'" said Remmer.  

That's a joke of course, because Remmer has had to learn the meaning of and spell words most have never even heard before.

"'Brachydactylous' which means having short fingers or toes and it's spelled b-r-a-c-h-y-d-a-c-t-y-l-o-u-s," said Remmer.

Even though the ninth grader is no longer in the age group allowed to compete for the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, she's ended her four year long spelling bee career with major wins. Since she started in 5th grade, Remmer has been the winner of the regional spelling bee in Northeast Florida hosted by the Florida Times-Union. She's gone to nationals every year and made it to the semifinals and this year, she placed 7th in the nation.

"I'm somewhat sad to leave it behind because the times of the spelling bee were some of my most well loved experiences," said Remmer.

Remmer is home schooled but plays violin among other instruments. She said she dedicated a lot of time to spelling, but now she is ready to focus on her music. Remmer said competing in spelling bees has made her a better person.

"Being willing to work hard and sacrifice for something you want to achieve. Also being able to cope with disappointment," added Remmer.

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