Dina Miranda, a seventh grader at Stanford Middle School, was countywide champion at the Los Angeles County Scripps Regional Spelling Bee this month.
The competition, which involved 150 spellers culled from nearly 35,000 students at more than 300 public, private, magnet and religious schools in the county, lasted 10 hours and 26 rounds, with 507 words given.
Miranda is the first student from the Long Beach Unified School District to win the countywide competition and will represent LBUSD at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. this May.
Dina's success comes from a love of learning, which aided her in spelling grivoiserie, the 2018 championship word. This noun has French roots and means an act of impropriety.
In 2016, when Miranda was a fifth grader at Gant Elementary School, she won second place in the county competition.
Other notable finalist and elimination words this year included chiaroscuro, apishamore, yttrium, Gibraltarians, pfeffernuss, mynheer, zeitgeber and philhellenism.