Kings County fifth-grader Nathanael Atmajian didn't win the California State Elementary Spelling Bee championship on Saturday, but he came close. Nathanael was one of seven finalists and was awarded a trophy. He was knocked out in the eighth round.
The winner was Christina Yu, an Alameda County sixth-grader who won by spelling "hyperbole" correctly. (Definition: extravagant exaggeration that represents something as much greater or less, better or worse, or more intense than it really is or that depicts the impossible as actual)
Fifty-six students from 28 California counties participated in the Spelling Bee, which was held in San Joaquin County. Other local students participating were Fresno County's Alexa Regino and William Heng, William Schalde of Kings County and Carlos Magana and Jasmine Judge of Merced County.
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