Meet the contestants: North Florida’s top spellers of 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday night, 14 students who earned the right to say they’re the best spellers in their counties will take the stage in the First Coast Spelling Bee. The event, held at Jacksonville University’s Terry Theatre, will be televised on Channel 4 and streamed on

Here’s a preview of the students who will compete for the 2020 First Coast title and a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the nationally-televised Scripts Spelling Bee.

Vivie Thelin, 8th grader at Millhopper Montessori School in Alachua County

In true spelling bee form, we're introducing you to the winners in alphabetical order, starting with the winner from Alachua County, Vivie Thelin.

Elco Carrasco, 8th grader at Baker County Middle School in Baker County

The champion from Baker County, Elco Carrasco, tells us that winning was surreal, but he really didn't want others to lose.

Morgan King, 7th grader at Bradford Middle School in Bradford County

Bradford County's spelling bee champ, Morgan King, will be competing in the regional spelling bee for the first time.

Erik Williams, 7th grader at St. Johns Country Day in Clay County

Representing Clay County, Erik Williams is the reigning First Coast Spelling Bee Champion.

Rosalie Speer, 7th grader at Fort White Middle/High School in Columbia County

Rosalie Speer is a 7th grader at Fort White Middle School and representing Columbia County.

Julius Graham, 8th grader at DuPont Middle School in Duval County

Julius Graham is an 8th Grader at Alfred Dupont Middle School and this is his first time participating in the regional spelling bee.

Caleb Rimpel, 8th grader at Christ the King Lutheran in Flagler County

Caleb Rimpel is representing from Flagler County.

Ashton Tabor, 7th grader at Hamilton County High School in Hamilton County

Ashton Tabor is a 7th grader from Hamilton County High.

Adyson Hammock, 6th grader at Madison County Central School in Madison County

Adyson Hammock is representing Madison County.

Ian Wilking, 5th grader at St. Michael Academy in Nassau County

Ian Wilking is representing Nassau County.

Armand Küykendall, 6th grader at Miller Middle School in Putnam County

Armand Küykendall is representing Putnam County.

Manischa Wijayawardhana, 6th grader at Switzerland Point Middle School in St. Johns County

Manischa Wijayawardhana is representing St. Johns County.

Isabella (Bella) Hobday, 5th grader at Branford Elementary School in Suwannee County

Isabella Hobday is representing Suwannee County.

Anthony ‘AJ’ Todd, 5th grader at Lake Butler Middle School in Union County

Anthony Todd is representing Union County.

This Thursday on The Morning Show, Bruce Hamilton and Melanie Lawson drew names to determine the order of appearance of these students when they compete on the state of Jacksonville University’s Terry Theatre.

The First Coast Spelling Bee will be televised on Channel 4 and streamed on, 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.