For the second year in a row, Taylor Goss, a seventh-grader at Rim Country Middle School, won the district spelling bee contest in round 10.
Just like it will be in the national competition, when a word is misspelled the next contestant is given a new word to spell and then must spell an additional word correctly to win.
Second place winner Jaden Brunson, a fifth-grader from Julia Randall Elementary School, went nine rounds but misspelled "juncture."
"Our six top spellers go to Globe to participate in the county competition in February," said Gail Gorry, Frontier Elementary School principal and coordinator of the district's spelling bee.
"Hopefully I will win this year," said Goss, who is presently studying hard for the county competition.
Only the two best spellers will go on from the county to the state competition.
"He is convinced he is going to nationals," said Goss' mother, Karen Phylow.
Sierra McMartin, a fifth-grader at Payson Elementary, came in third place.
Fourth place was a tie between Ashton Wolf, a seventh-grader at RCMS, and fifth-graders Emily Price and Caleb Wood, both from JRE.
District Superintendent Sue Myers was this year's pronouncer for the bee in which students in the third through eighth grades were eligible to compete.
The judges were Shannon James, Zane Grey Kiwanis president; Mayor Barbara Brewer and Vivian Burdette, representing the Tonto Apache Tribe.