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Pulaski County girl wins 4th spelling bee in row

By L. Lamor Williams

This article was originally published March 6, 2010 at 3:32 p.m. Updated March 6, 2010 at 5:01 p.m.

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Esther Park, 14, looks at her trophy after winning the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Spelling Bee Saturday at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Park, representing Pulaski County, also won the event last year.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Spelling Bee

Esther Park, winner of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Spelling Bee, also won the event last year.

T-O-R-T-U-R-O-U-S.

That’s not the word that made 14-year-old Esther Park the state’s spelling champion Saturday, but rather her description of competing in the three-hour long Arkansas Spelling Bee at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

“It’s not pressurey,” the Joe T. Robinson Middle School student said. “It’s kind of torturous because it lasts so long and we don’t get many breaks.”

Saturday marked the fourth consecutive year, the Pulaski County spelling bee winner earned an all-expenses paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held in Washington D.C. in May.

Last year she placed 17th among 293 spellers. Maybe the fourth trip will be the charm.

“I just want to do better than I did last year,” she said.

Park managed to best 64 other students from around the state spelling “supplementary” for the win.

Taylor Holland, 14 of Heber Springs, came in second and Gabi Gorgas of Fort Smith was the third place winner.

Print Headline: UPDATE: Video of the event

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