By correctly spelling the words "idiochromatic" and "cetology," an Iron Horse Middle School eighth-grader won the 37th Annual Contra Costa County Spelling Bee on Saturday, the Contra Costa Times reports.
Audrey Bantug will now compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. May 28-30.
Bantug and Vincent Chen, a sixth-grader from Brentwood, were the only two contestants to survive an initial written portion of the competition without misspelling a word.
In the two-and-a-half hour competition at the Tyce Valley Community Gym in Walnut Creek, Bantug misspelled only one word, "oriel."
The Times reported:
Bantug said she studied words with the help of her parents from a list provided by spelling bee sponsors for six weeks before the competition.
She said her favorite subjects are math and English and she would someday like to make use of her spelling skills as a fiction writer.
Two of her hobbies are reading, naturally, and looking up new words in the dictionary.
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