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"Fuselage" winning word for third-grader

A Catonsville third-grader is on his way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after winning the seventh annual Baltimore Spelling Bee on Saturday.

Shaheer Imam, an 8-year-old who attends Al-Rahmah School, correctly spelled "fuselage" in the 17th round to snag the title. Forty-nine spellers from Baltimore City and Baltimore County competed in the bee, held at Towson University.

Elizabeth Bernatowicz of Masters Academy won second place and Lance Pacis of the St. Clement Mary Hofbauer School took third.

The national bee will be held in May in Washington, D.C.

yvonne.wenger@baltsun.com

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