JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The annual Mississippi Spelling Bee was held Tuesday.
“The Mississippi Spelling Bee championship is the preliminary to the Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee,” said Teresa Robinson, MAE coordinator for the event. “This year we have a field of 45 candidates who will be vying to be Mississippi’s best speller and take that trip to Washington, D. C. for the finale.”
12-year-old Soyeon Park is Mississippi’s 2017 Spelling Bee Champion. Soyeon is a 6th grade student from Armstrong Middle School, of the Oktibbeha County School District.
She spelled the championship word spiracle in the 39th round of the Bee and will advance to the 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., where she will compete against Spelling Bee Champions from every state in America.
Runner-up was Matthew Simpson, 10, a fifth grader from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Harrison County School District.
The Spelling Bee was sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Educators and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.