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Mya Maijala, an eighth-grade student at Doniphan Middle School, won the 13th Annual Three Rivers College Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee.

Maijala, who correctly spelled “republic” as her winning word, advances to the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. The semifinals are June 1 and the finals are June 2. The event will be televised on national networks ION and Bounce and hosted by the accomplished actor, director, educator, and lifelong children’s literacy advocate LeVar Burton.

Colby Armes, a fifth-grader from St. Joseph Catholic School in Farmington, finished second. Holden Johns, a seventh-grader from Poplar Bluff Junior High, finished third.

Three Rivers College has sponsored the Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee since 2010. The College provides the annual champion and his or her parents with hotel accommodations, travel expenses, and meals as part of the prize for winning the Annual Three Rivers College Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee.

Local organizations and businesses support to the Three Rivers College Spelling Bee, including the Three Rivers Endowment Trust, Gamblin Lumber, Farmers Insurance agent Jeff Jungbluth, Insta Print, Southern Bank, Kennedy Robbins & Yarbro law firm, Blaich Family Dentistry, Poplar Bluff Rotary Club, and East Side Discount Pharmacy.

Three Rivers College is committed to contributing to the quality of life in Southeast Missouri with quality, affordable higher education opportunities, and community services that support and encourage the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of the region. For more information about college and workforce programs and upcoming events, visit

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