By Richard Bammer
A Vacaville Christian School fourth-grader and a Jepson Middle School seventh-grader on Wednesday were crowned top word masters at the end of the 41st annual Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee in Brenden Theatres.
Spelling with ease words such as “hallucinogen,” VCS student Lilly Trinh claimed victory in the elementary division of the 2015 event, named after a former Vacaville High principal and sponsored by the Vacaville Rotary Club.
Trinh, who received a plaque and $150 for her effort, topped a field of more than 40 spellers. In early rounds she correctly spelled “illegible” and “parcel,” and will move on to the 39th annual Solano County Elementary bee March 31 in Suisun City. If she wins there, she will be eligible to compete at the California Elementary spelling championship April 18 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.