By Amy Maginnis-Honey
James Maravilla left the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center Tuesday with a hard-earned trophy after besting 45 other fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in the 42nd annual Solano County Spelling Bee.
The fourth-grader at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo wasn’t nervous about the words from spellmaster Dave McCallum. It was the size of the standing-room only crowd that concerned him the most.
“It was kind of nerve-wracking and shocking,” James said after the event concluded.