LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 13-year-old Las Vegas student has been named the winner of the Nevada spelling bee.

Maia Marshall took the Nevada State Spelling Bee championship title Saturday by spelling the word “samurai” correctly.

Organizers said this year’s event held at a Las Vegas high school featured 34 children in grades 6 through 8, a record-breaking number for the program.

The St. Anne Catholic School student will now move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The national competition will be held in May.

The teenage girl said she looked forward to cashing in on her mother’s promise to buy her Friendly’s Ice Cream everyday during their East Coast trip.




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