2014 Miami Herald Spelling Bee

  • Second place winner Mia Taylor of Mater Academy Charter Middle School competes in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students from grades fourth through eighth square off in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The winner of the middle school competition will represent Miami-Dade and Monroe counties at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Eddy Desir and Claudia Betancourt capture the moment their daughter Claudia Tejada spells a word in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Angello Furigay, 13, of Bowman Ashe/Doolin K-8 Academy participates in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ferdinand Furigay and Maria Furigay, parents of Angello Furigay, listen to their son attempt to spell a word during the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anastasia Perez-Ternent joins students from grades fourth through eighth as they square off in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Amari Allen squares off against students from grades fourth through eighth in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jackie Sosa, the aunt of contestant Josiah Watson, listens to her nephew attempt to spell a word in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Angelo Gachette of Holy Cross Lutheran School wins third place in the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Amber Robinson, 14, of Herbert A. Ammons Middle School, wins the the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Amber Robinson, 14, of Herbert A. Ammons Middle School, wins the the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Amber Robinson, 14, of Herbert A. Ammons Middle School, wins the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee. Amber and her mother, Mildreca Robinson, hug after the win. As the winner of the middle school competition, Amber will represent Miami-Dade and Monroe counties at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • From left, Miami Herald event coordinator Andrea Benedetti, first place winner Amber Robinson, second place winner Mia Taylor, third place winner Angelo Gachette and judge Chris Padoan at the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • From left, first place winner Amber Robinson, second place winner Mia Taylor and third place winner Angelo Gachette pose after the Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF