BOISE — Spellers from across Idaho spent months studying up on their vocabulary for the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee. Ultimately, it was Liz who won the competition and the hearts of the viewers.
"I can be a little bit goofy," said winner Liz Jergensen.
Now, she's in Washington D.C., tackling the Scripps National Spelling Bee and hopefully bringing her same energy and confidence with her on the national stage.
"I don't have stage fright, the stage makes it easier," said Liz.
Monday afternoon, Liz completed the first challenge, the written test, and her family reports, she thinks she did pretty well.
"I'm feeling pretty good, today we took care of what I think is the hardest part, the written test," said Liz, at the bee in D.C.
Still left this week, more rounds of spelling.
"Tomorrow I think is a little easier, and shorter, because it's just the one word we have to spell on stage," said Liz.
Finalists are announced Wednesday and the finals, where a new national spelling bee champ will be named, are on Thursday.