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South Florida 6th Grader Competing in National Spelling Bee

A sixth grader from Davie is moving on to the final round of the National Spelling Bee.

“They are so excited. They are wearing black and yellow today. The past couple of days, all we’ve done is keep track of where she’s at, how she’s doing,” said Katrina Gomez, a teacher at St. Bonaventure Catholic School.

Simone Kaplan, 12, was eliminated from last year’s spelling bee. But this year, she’s back and ready to earn the title of queen bee.

“Last year, I did not do so well, but this year, I’ve made a big improvement,” said Kaplan.

“Every day, she would study after school. During lunch, her mom would give her cards with spelling words to be able to study,” said Danielle Hill, Kaplan’s best friend.

“Our theme this year was pray often and dream big and that’s what Simone has done this year – it’s dream big,” said Lisa Kempinski, the school’s principal.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee competition will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m.

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