Supriya Akella, an 8th grader at Harris Road Middle School, is the 2020 Cabarrus County Schools Spelling Bee Champion.
Supriya was declared the winner after a perfect spelling of the Latin winning word "ipso facto." Kayla Townes, a 4th grader at Wolf Meadow Elementary School, was named runner-up.
Supriya will now prepare to compete in The Charlotte Observer’s 66th Annual Regional Spelling Bee in February, representing Cabarrus County Schools. The regional winner moves on to compete in the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee during Bee Week in May.