Andrew Chaffin Cooper, a fourth grader at Northside Elementary School, won the Tennessean Regional Spelling Bee Friday at the Massey Performing Arts Center at Belmont University in Nashville.
Cooper correctly spelled the word "kielbasa" to claim the championship.
He is the son of Dr. Steven and Martha Cooper of Smithville.
Both Cooper and Ashli Chew represented DeKalb County in the Regional Spelling Bee. Students from thirty nine other counties also participated.
Chew, another fourth grader at Northside Elementary, was winner of the 5th Annual DeKalb County Spelling Bee held last month at the high school. Cooper was the runner-up.
Chew is the daughter of Lori and Kelvin Page of Smithville and George and Janna Chew of Murfreesboro.
As the winner of the Regional Spelling Bee, Cooper received a one hundred dollar savings bond, a Webster's Third New International Dictionary, and a first place trophy. Andrew will compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. May 25th through May 31st with all expenses paid by the Tennessean Newspaper.