A four-peater — Rebekah Zeigler reigns in Illinois

It was a record-setting performance for seventh-grader Rebekah Zeigler — her fourth spelling championship at the Lee-Ogle-Whiteside Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by Sauk Valley Media, in Dixon, Illinois. The Aplington Middle School student had tough competition including her younger brother, Gabe, who finished third. She won with "vamplate."

Photo credit: Michael Krabbenhoeft, Sauk Valley Media

Jaskarn Singh Turns Fun into Victory in Visalia, CA

It was more than six hours of spelling drama before Jaskarn Singh, an eighth-grader at Alpine Vista School in Visalia, California, got his championship word — a word he knew — "vamplate." He decided to give spelling a try because he thought it would be fun. After many late nights of studying, he told the Visalia Times-Delta, "I feel like I’ve done something that not a lot of people have done.” 

Photo credit: Ron Holman, Visalia Times-Delta