Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition

  • Christal Schermeister's dad, Mark, and sister Ellie take pictures of her on stage after her win at the Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Signature Grand in Davie. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Sveta Harris holds her breath as she listens to a fellow spelling bee contestant spell out a word. The Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition took place Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at The Signature Grand in Davie. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Nicole Marrero, from Indian Ridge Middle School, counts the number of letters in a word on her fingers during The Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition. The spelling bee took place Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at The Signature Grand in Davie. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Christal Schermeister, from Hearts Homeschool Group, was the winner of the middle school round at The Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Tamar Lilienthal, seated, cheers on fellow contestant Julia Chin, left, after Julia spelled her word correctly at The Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition. The spelling bee took place Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at The Signature Grand in Davie. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Spelling bee contestant #2, Paul Donnelly, of the Little Flower School, spells a word during the beginning rounds of the middle school competition. The Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition took place Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at The Signature Grand in Davie. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff

  • Tamar Lilienthal, of Hebrew Academy Community School, took third place, Christal Schermeister, from Hearts Homeschool Group, was the winner of the middle school round, and Kofi Blake, took second place, at the Miami Herald Spelling Bee Broward Edition on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff