A Middlebury Middle School student has won the state spelling bee by acing the word "qualitative."
Ronan Howlett beat last year’s champion and fellow Middlebury student Meigan Clark.
The two had studied together under a spelling coach.
The Burlington Free Press reports that Middlebury Middle School was allowed to send two spellers to Wednesday’s state bee after both students spelled every word correctly from the Scripps National Spelling Bee word list and after winning the regional competition with their school team.
Howlett will travel to Washington in June to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.