A  local eighth grade student from Fairmont has qualified for Scripps National Spelling Bee. 42 spellers from south central Minnesota competed in the South Central Service Cooperative Regional Spelling Bee. After nine rounds, Briana Joseph, a Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School student, was named champion after correctly spelling "gopak" as her championship word. Joseph, a three-time SCSC champion, received travel expenses and accommodations to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.