BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) - Na’amah Morbeth, a 7th grader at Rainbow Lake Middle School in Spartanburg District 2, was named this year’s Regional Spelling Bee Champion on Monday.
Winners from individual schools across Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee County competed in the 17th annual Regional Bee.
Upon hearing the news, Na'amah was congratulated by teachers in the hallways and received a round of applause by her class as well.
"It's very exciting, because I've never done anything like this before," Morbeth said.
Na'amah is the first virtual winner. The bee took place online this year.
How it works, she says, is the word is read and pronounced to her with the origin and sentence already on the computer screen. She then types the correct spelling.
Na'amah says she prepared with a packet of words her school gave her. Then, her parents quizzed her at home.
She says she won by one word: conjure.
Na’amah will now advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Orlando, Florida later this summer, which she says she hopes to win.
"That is pretty exciting too. I don't really know. My goals? Hoping to win; it makes you feel good when you win. So, that's what I want to do."
The national Bee will feature a virtual preliminary component and an in-person final.
Na'amah says she hopes to make her family and teachers proud.
"I don't want to be like, 'yea I won and you didn't,' but I want them to be proud of me, because that's a big accomplishment—would be one of the most memorable moments of my life," Morbeth said.
The other regional top scorers were:
- Saad Abdin – Gaffney Middle School – 7th grade
- Megan Clemens – Blacksburg Middle School – 8th grade
- Jamari Downing – Drayton Mills Elementary School – 4th grade
- Callie Lindsey – Spartanburg Preparatory School – 6th grade
- Daymien Little – Hendrix Elementary – 4th grade
- Raeleigh McArn – Cowpens Middle School – 8th grade
- Charley Wilson – Spartanburg Day School – 7th grade
Na'amah says her favorite word is faith, because, "you need to believe in yourself."