TAFT, Texas — Ella Maldonado claimed the Woodroe Petty Elementary School Spelling Bee in Taft this morning.
Maldonado defeated 31 other challengers from the second to the fifth grade to win the school championship. Michael Hiracheta finished second and Mia Torres was third in the schoolwide competition.
KRIS 6 News Anchor Paulo Salazar served as the moderator for today's competition.
Maldonado advances to the regional championships next month at the American Bank Center.