Nikita Singh, an eighth-grader at Takoma Park Middle School, won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for Montgomery County held March 8 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.
The runner-up was Samantha Wu, a third-grader at Farmland Elementary School in Rockville.
Nikita clinched the championship by correctly spelling “portentous.” She will represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 25-31 in Washington, D.C.
Forty-two county public and private schools participated in the bee this year. This was the sixth consecutive year it was hosted by the Fourth Presbyterian School in Potomac. The bee is sponsored by the Meakem Group.
The national winner’s prizes include $30,000, a trophy from Scripps, a $2,500 savings bond, reference works and $5,000 from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.