Tremendous Performance Has Amarillo Representing At Spelling Bee
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!!