The Knoxville News Sentinel reports nine-year-old Meghan McCarty looked out from the stage, took a deep breath, raised her right hand and quickly but deliberately spelled it — letter perfect.
And with the eruption of cheers from her schoolmates in the auditorium at Dogwood Elementary School, Meghan earned a spot in the Southern Appalachia Regional Spelling Bee in March.
Meghan, who's always been good with letters and could recognize words at age 2, said she wasn't surprised she'd won. She'd applied herself, practicing words since last year's bee, when she came in third place.
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