Nicole Frische, of Loftis Middle School, won the Chattanooga Times Free Press Regional Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. She will now advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
Frische, a sixth-grader, beat 61 other children in the competition, held inside the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fine Arts Center. To win, she lasted 17 rounds against runner-up Jessica Pierce, a CSLA sixth grader.
The two exchanged words like "intaglio" and "corpuscle."
In the end, Frische won the competition by correctly spelling "fidgety" and "nonplus."
For complete story, see Sunday's Times Free Press.