A 6th-grader from Woodrow Wilson Middle School in the Glendale Unified School District is the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles County Spelling Bee.
June Musurlian correctly spelled the words "antecedence" and "coincidental" to win the competition, which was held before a rapt audience of family members and friends at the Almansor Court Conference Center in Alhambra.
After more than 90 minutes, Musurlian triumphed over runner-up Audrey Jung, a 6th-grader from Huntington Middle School in San Marino USD. Jung lost out when she incorrectly spelled "antecedence."
Ryan Yan, a 5th-grader from Coolidge Elementary School in San Gabriel USD, finished third.
Musurlian and Jung advance to the California State Elementary Spelling Bee Championship to be held May 13 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.
A total of 28 contestants from grades four to six took part in the L.A. County Spelling Bee presented by LACOE. All of the contestants were Bee champions from local school districts and charter schools.
The L.A. County Spelling Bee, like other spelling contests, is designed as an academic enrichment activity that promotes awareness about the meaning and origins of words. The competition followed the rigorous "one-and-done" rules of the state spelling bee, which meant "sudden death" elimination for the student on his or her first misspelled word.
Photo: Supt. Debra Duardo with the winners of the 2017 Los Angeles County Spelling Bee (right to left): June Musurlian, first place, Woodrow Wilson M.S., Glendale USD; Audrey Jung, second place, Huntington M.S., San Marino USD; and Ryan Yan, third place, Coolidge Elementary, San Gabriel USD.