THREE LAKES - After spelling the nine letter word "mesmerize" correctly to win the regional spelling bee in Eagle River, Three Lakes eighth grader Karlee Weavers qualified for the Badger State Spelling Bee.
She practiced spelling for at least an hour every night in preparation for Saturday's competition in Madison. Over the year, she estimates she's learned to spell about 700 or 800 words, with the help of some of her biggest supporters.
"My eight-year-old brother Henry was going through on a tablet and he would click on the words and say them and make sure I spelled them right so he was helping me study," said Weavers.
Weavers says her mom helps her study by reading her words to spell too.
The Three Lakes School community has also been very supportive.
"We are all so thrilled that Karlee has made it to the state spelling bee. I think she's going to do extremely well because of [her] work ethic and I know the time she has put into this already," said Karlee's history and writing teacher Amy Hibbard.
Forty-seven students from all over Wisconsin will compete at the spelling bee Saturday. The top three will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is just outside Washington D.C. in May.
RHINELANDER - A man died near the entrance of Nicolet College in Rhinelander on Thursday afternoon.
Neither the campus nor the public were in danger, according to the Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office. Due to the circumstances of the man's death, Newswatch 12 is not releasing more information, but there appears to be nothing suspicious about the death.
Police got a report at 3:55 p.m. about a man lying face down near the entry drive to Nicolet College. Emergency responders took him to St. Mary's Hospital, but he died.
The Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office, Rhinelander Fire Department, Pelican First Responders, and Oneida Co. Medical Examiner's Office were involved in the response.
ARBOR VITAE - Do you know where your food comes from? Kindergarteners at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff elementary do. They have been growing their own fruits and vegetables all year. On Thursday, their work culminated in a final celebration as part of the first-ever Wisconsin School Garden Day.
Each kindergartner was partnered with a fifth grader to help them with planting and weeding.
Organizer Adriane Morabito said it is important for young people to know where their food comes from.
"It teaches them important skills like empathy, compassionate, and kindness," said Morabito. "It also helps them eat healthy."
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