Winston-Salem, NC -- Champion. C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. That's what sixth-grader Nicholas Lamphier can call himself after taking home the title at the 2013 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools spelling bee.
Nicholas, a student at Paisley IB Magnet School, correctly spelled "paraphrasable" and then "benevolent" to become champion.
He was one of 54 elementary and middle school students from the school system to participate in the annual spelling bee.
Nicholas finished ahead of Adam Bender, an eighth-grader at Hanes Magnet School, and Caleb Riggins, a fifth-grader at Brunson Elementary.
This was Nicholas' third time competing in the district-wide spelling bee.
He correctly spelled "baccalaureate" in his school's spelling bee to move on to the district competition.
Next, Nicholas will compete in the regional spelling bee at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. That competition is March 11.