A Rio Rancho student is now a spelling bee champion.
Fourteen-year-old Eliana Juarez won the 2019 New Mexico Spelling Bee hosted by the Albuquerque Journal. The Mountain View Middle School student competed against 51 other elementary and middle schoolers to win the big event.
Eliana says it took a lot of preparation.
“I studied a ton. I studied every chance I could get, before school, after school and even during school sometimes,” said Eliana.
Eliana is now headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.