Annual Alachua County Spelling Bee

Dozens of Alachua County Students competed in the annual Alachua County Spelling Bee today.

41 elementary and middle school students gave their best for a shot to represent the county in the regional spelling bee in Jacksonville in early March.

TV20's own Mike Potter was there to cheer on the contestants.

School board curriculum specialist, Don Fitzpatrick, says that spelling bees are an important milestone for children. "It lets them celebrate something they're good at. And then as a parent, I like that it gives them a little bit of an intense situation so that they learn how to deal with trial by fire."

Seventh-grader Sydney Miller from Oak Hall won the spelling bee with the word 'diesel.'

She and the runner-up, Grace Peprah-Asante, will go on to compete in Jacksonville for the chance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.