11-year-old Elena Williams correctly spelled “perforate” to win the Deming Public School’s Spelling Bee Thursday.
Williams, a 7th grade homeschooled student, has won the local bee four of the last five years, and placed second on her “off” year.
She also placed second last year at the Regional Bee in El Paso. The runner-up in this year’s bee was Arlan Dawdy, a 5th grader from Chaparral. The bee went 15 rounds and started with 42 contestants.
Williams received a trophy, certificate and $100 gift card to Starmax.Dawdy received a trophy, certificate and $50 gift card.
Williams and the top spellers from each local school will compete at the Regional Bee in El Paso later this month.