Michael Volkov Capitalizes on Second Chance

Michael Volkov was eliminated from the Virginian-Pilot spelling bee until another speller's misspelling gave him a second chance. He didn't waste it. He correctly spelled "loculus" to win the Virginia Beach area spelling bee. The 12-year-old from Princess Anne Middle School competed against 58 others in the competition covered by local TV station, WHRO.

Photo credit: Steve Early, Virginian-Pilot

Patrick McCarthy Prepared to Win in Hagerstown, MD

Patrick McCarthy dedicated himself to studying in the past year after finishing third last year in the Washington County spelling bee in Hagerstown, Maryland. The Western Heights Middle School eighth-grader was thrilled when he heard the familiar "vamplate" as his champion word. This was the 39th year for the competition sponsored by Herald-Mail Media. 

Photo credit: Joe Crocetta, Herald-Mail Media

Christopher Hays Wins in Tallahassee, FL

In quick fashion Trinity Catholic School eighth-grader Christopher Hays won the Tallahassee Democrat Big Bend regional spelling bee in just seven rounds against other students from the area. His championship word was "huckster." He will be busy this spring as he prepares for the national finals along with his work for the school musical, Latin club and Brain Bowl. 

Photo credit: Ashley White, Tallahassee Democrat

Harini Logan Wins in San Antonio, TX

Preparation paid off for Harini Logan, a fourth-grader at the Montessori School of San Antonio, Texas, when she spelled "vicontiel" and "potto" to win the 65th edition of the San Antonio Express-News Spelling Bee. She had previously studied both words, but was still a bit shocked when she realized she was advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

Photo credit: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News