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JAXSPORTS, in partnership with WJXT, The Local Station, hosted the First Coast Spelling Bee on March 9.

The First Coast Spelling Bee, the qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, was held at the iconic Florida Theatre and televised by WJXT.

Top spellers from each Northeast Florida school district competed to be the First Coast Spelling Bee champion. After an intense 3½-hour bee, Duval County eighth-grader Saachi Sharma was crowned champion. She will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May to represent the First Coast at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Meet the First Coast Spelling Bee participants

Tap on student's photo to read about her or him or click here to read about them all