Daniel Larsen Repeats as IU Bee Winner

Daniel Larsen enjoyed last year's national finals so much, he was motivated to repeat as champion of the Indiana University Bee in Bloomington, Indiana. He wore his favorite lucky shirt as he correctly spelled "peccadillo" and "recidivist" to win the regional event and advance to D.C. The regional sponsor is IU's Media School and School of Education. 

Photo credit: Jonathan Streetman, The Herald Times

Brian Kenny Wins Syracuse, NY Bee

Brian Kenny, an Onondaga Hill Middle School eighth-grader, is following in his sister's footsteps after he won the 2018 Post-Standard | WCNY | Syracuse.com Spelling Bee. It was a marathon battle lasting more than 30 rounds before he correctly spelled "prosciutto" to win. 

Photo credit: syracuse.com | The Post-Standard – Mike Greenlar 

Bao Pham Wins Boulder, CO Bee

Fifth-grader Bao Pham from Birch Elementary School in Broomfield, Colorado, won the Barnes & Noble Spelling Bee by correctly spelling "pyroclastic." Editorial note: Bao and his fellow spellers get an additional round of applause from us for their fantastic Bee competition t-shirts.

Photo credit: Cliff Grassmick, Daily Camera

Nicole Patrao Wins Olathe, KS Bee

Nicole Patrao is the winner of the 2018 Olathe Spelling Bee. She is an eighth-grader at Chisholm Trail Middle School. The Kansas City Star is the sponsor for that region. She offered up helpful advice — “The key is always to ask for as much information as you can, even if you know the word.” 

Photo credit: Olathe Public Schools

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Abby Zheng Wins in South Carolina

Eighth-grader Abby Zheng of Johnsonville Middle School had the sweetest reaction to winning her regional bee in Florence, South Carolina. She won with her correct spelling of “sukiyaki.” The Pee Dee Education Center was the title host and had added support from the Florence County Bar Association and Francis Marion University.

Photo credit: Harrison Smith, Morning News