Here's something you don't hear very often.

Amarillo is going big time!

And we can all thank a fourth grader for putting our city back on the map!

This weekend, a regional spelling bee was held at Amarillo College and the grand prize for winning was a trip to Washington D.C. to represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Our winner is from right here in Amarillo. Arnie Parat, a fourth grader at Woodlands Elementary off Coulter spelled his way right to the top. He now gets himself ready to head off to our nations capitol in June to compete for the big title.

As if that wasn't impressive enough, this was Arnie's first ever regional spelling contest, and he came out on top.

This isn't the first time Amarillo has been thrust onto the national stage at the spelling be. Back in 2019, two different eighth graders from Amarillo made it through the first three round unscathed.

That performance put them both in the final 50 spellers and into the final round of the national competition.

Parat's parents say he's always been interested in words and has a liking for them. It just seemed natural to put him in the contest.

So what does Arnie pull down should he take the crown on a national stage? How about a cool $50,000 and a trophy, then to top it all off he'd land himself a $2,500 cash prize and a reference library from Merriam-Webster.

As if that wasn't enough, he'd make the rounds on some talk shows earning appearances on Live with Kelly & Ryan as well as a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Good luck Arnie!!

Google Answers the Top 10 Questions About Amarillo

I love Google. It can literally answer ANYTHING you need it to answer. Whether it's right or wrong is a totally different question.

Recently, I found myself wondering about something and went to Google. And that's when I started noticing the "people also asked..." section and BOY...Some of them made perfect sense, some of them were interesting, and one of them was downright baffling...and it was a top 10 question which is even more absurd.

So let's see what we've got. Here's the top 10 questions as asked to Google about Amarillo.

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.

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