Zydeco was the winning word! Congratulations to all the excellent spellers at the Solano County Elementary Spelling Bee last night. Alex Topp, from Cooper Elementary School in the Vacaville Unified School District, placed first, and Stephanie Teding, from Nelda Mundy Elementary School in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, placed second. Topp and Teding will advance to the California State Spelling Bee Championship on April 20 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton. There were a total of 398 words spelled including furnariidae (a large family of small suboscine passerine birds found in Mexico, and Central and South America), and volauvent (a small hollow case of puff pastry)!