Celbridge pupil Charlotte Stevens has won the Leinster Provincial Spelling Bee.
The much-anticipated final took place in Eason O’Connell Street and Charlotte from Primrose Hill National School came out on top.
She took first place against 11 talented young Bees with the word, Facultative.
Charlotte will now move forward to compete in the All-Ireland Eason Spelling Bee final in The Helix on Thursday, June 14.
Speaking about her win, the 6th class student said: “I am delighted and cannot believe I have won!”
The Eason Spelling Bee encourages kids throughout the country to practice their spelling, to read more and strives to instil greater confidence when it comes to literacy and spelling, from a young age.
Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said: “We are thrilled to see the continued success of the Eason Spelling Bee over the past eight years.
“The children and their schools should be extremely proud to represent their counties in this hugely talented competition.”
Today FM’s Alison Curtis, who was reporting live to Ian Dempsey in studio, said: “Once again I am thrilled to be here at the Leinster Spelling Bee final .The standard of spellers continues to amaze me and it is brilliant to see how dedicated each person is to this competition.
“This initiative is both a great day out for the schools but it is also hugely important to developing children’s reading and literacy skills.”
Each year the competition begins with registered schools hosting their own in-school Bee competitions, to find their school champion.
From there, the Eason Spelling Bee team hits the road to host the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals.
The All-Ireland Final will take place on Thursday, June 14, where the champion speller will be crowned.
The winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of €7,500.
The Spelling Bee winner will be awarded books worth €500 and the prestigious title of the 2018 Eason Spelling Bee champion.