A Butterfield Trail Middle School student will represent Crawford County at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee in Conway.
Isabel Hernandez, the daughter of Sarah Wells and a seventh grader at BTMS in Van Buren, correctly spelled academy to win the county spelling bee on Saturday at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center.
Christian Woodward, a sixth grader at Northridge Middle School in Van Buren, spelled humble to finish as the spelling bee runner-up. If Isabel is unable to attend the state spelling bee, Christian would represent Crawford County.
Christian is the son of Trey and Taylor Tounzen of Van Buren and Jeff and Zue Woodward of Fort Smith.
Fifty-eight contestants from 15 area schools qualified for the local spelling bee.
It took 11 rounds for Isabel to emerge as the winner of the annual event, sponsored by Generations Bank of Arkansas and the Van Buren School District.
Generations Bank provided T-shirts for all the contestants. The bank also presented the winner and first runner-up with a cash award. VBSD provided participation trophies to the spellers and first and second place trophies.
Also, Generations Bank will help the family of the spelling bee winner with travel expenses to attend the state spelling bee.
Jennifer Prado, instructional facilitator and classroom teacher at Van Buren High School, served as the coordinator for the Crawford County Spelling Bee. Jennifer Jennings Davis, executive director of Education Renewal Zone and STEM Education Center, was the announcer.
Judges were Misty Christian, Mountainburg High School computer applications instructor; Missy Hefner, Van Buren High School English teacher; and Rhonda Jennings, a volunteer with Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy.