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 Carmel Valley 8th Grader Justin Song Wins Countywide Spelling Bee For Second Year In A Row

​For the second year in a row, Justin Song from San Dieguito Union High District has won the San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee. Song is an 8th grade student from Carmel Valley Middle School.

The winning word was, “Phylliform” meaning; having the shape of a leaf. Song was last’s years first place winner to the 2007 National Spelling Bee where he placed 16th out of 300 students. Song will now proceed to the National Spelling Bee, held annually in Washington, D.C.

The competition started off with seventy 7th and 8th grade students from public and private schools throughout San Diego County. The last two contestants had to spell two words correctly in order to win the competition. The competition was held Tuesday, March 11 at the Scottish Rite Memorial Center in San Diego.

This year’s second place runner up from Aviara Oaks Middle School is Connie Liu. “I am really happy and excited on my skills today. At the beginning of the competition I was pretty nervous but later into it I became more comfortable.” said Liu.

Wei-Jei Song, proud father of Justin Song said, “Justin has worked really hard to make it this far in the competition. He is a very good reader and very good with different languages and pronouncing words correctly. My wife and I look forward to the National competition in Washington D.C.”

As the Countywide Spelling Bee Champion, Song will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Countywide Spelling Bee is coordinated by the San Diego Union Tribune and the San Diego County Office of Education. The Spelling Bee will air on ITV Ch. 16 on Thursday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m., Sunday March 30 at 6:00 p.m.