By Richard Bammer
For the second time in as many years, Vacaville boasts the top elementary speller in Solano County.
Francis Agbayani, a Browns Valley Elementary sixth-grader, correctly spelled “lackadaisical,” besting Hans Romero, a sixth-grader at Solano Middle School in Vallejo, who stumbled on “perseverance.”
After each boy went toe-to-toe through more than two dozen words, including one shared slip-up, Francis, standing onstage Tuesday night at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City, beamed and raised his arms overhead in victory.
The 11-year-old had realized his quest, three years in the making, after losing out twice in the Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee and last year to Alex Topp at the city and county bees. Agbayani claimed top honors at the 2014 city bee on Feb. 5.