Johnson County student wins state spelling bee

Laramie, WY – A 13-year-old eighth grader from Clear Creek Middle School in Johnson County will represent Wyoming at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., later this year.
Taylor Ballek last weekend in Laramie beat out 44 spellers from
16 counties by making no mistakes in the 100-word written
preliminary round and making no mistakes in 21 rounds of oral
competition.
To reach the state bee, spellers had to first compete in county
spelling bees.
Ballek will compete against the top spellers from across the
country in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June.