BOISE — Liz Jergensen won the Southwest Idaho Regional Scripps Spelling Bee, she correctly spelled the word parsec for the victory.
But it didn't come easy as Jergensen won in the 28th round while defeating the last two spelling bee champions and 22 others who earned the right to participate by winning there school's competition.
"Each year I see little more poise, the students are excited about this they are asking the questions," said A.J. Zenkert of Boise State University. "The first year kids were up there trembling and I didn't see a lot of that this year."
Jergensen will represent Idaho at the national competition in Washington D.C. later this year after winning the third Scripps competition in Idaho.
"It's because I read a lot, like 400 pages a night a lot," said Jergensen. "My mom and I are going to go to the Smithsonian and I want to see the exhibit with all the minerals and all the the gems because I like sparkles,".
It's our third year bringing you the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee. Watch live as we crown one of three competitors headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.