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Lourcey Wins Regional Spelling Bee

Eighth grader Will Lourcey won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee with a word many adults may not know how to say, let alone spell – macchiato. The 14-year-old Trinity Valley School student correctly spelled the word (defined as espresso coffee served with a dash of hot or cold milk) to earn a $200 check, a trophy, and a place at the Scripps National Bee in Washington, D.C. later this year. Runner-up Marina Sorola, an eighth-grader at North Ridge Middle School received a check for $100.

Lourcey won the competition held on March 2 after 23 increasingly difficult rounds. He and 23 fellow participants won school and local spelling bees to attend the regional competition, and represent many different areas of North Texas.

“The competition was tough. I never thought I would make it this far,” Lourcey told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s a very indescribable feeling.”

The Star-Telegram has sponsored the Regional Spelling Bee for over 30 years, giving thousands of students the chance to compete in the prestigious National Spelling Bee. The College of Education at TCU has coordinated and sponsored the regional competition since 2011.