Originally published Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 09:02a.m.

On Dec. 15, Cottonwood Elementary School fifth grader Ron Bongon, pictured at right, finished first at the school’s annual Spelling Bee. Ron correctly spelled the word ‘sparsely.’ Also pictured, fourth grader Sergio Rivera-Garcia, who finished as runner-up. Ron will compete at the Yavapai County spelling bee in Prescott on Feb. 24.

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