A Winterville student is headed back to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. for a third time.
Hope Middle School student Mayee Zhu won the honor Saturday at the 17th Annual Downeast N.C. Regional Spelling Bee at Washington High School.
Zhu survived 20 rounds and 55 other contestants to take first place. The winning word was sorghum...a syrup produced by evaporating the juice from the stems of certain tropical grasses.
The second place winner is Nicole Robinson from Frink Middle School in La Grange, Lenoir County. The third place winner is Isabella Mayo from John Small Elementary in Washington, Beaufort County.
Zhu will take part in the 82nd annual National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. May 24-May30.
WITN's Dave Jordan was the pronouncer for the words at Saturday's Downeast Regional Spelling Bee.