Columbia County crowned a new spelling champion Monday.
Stevens Creek Elementary School third-grader George Zhou, 8, out-spelled pupils from 24 other county elementary and high schools to win the Columbia County District Spelling Bee held at Grovetown Middle School.
“It’s my first spelling bee,” George said.
George was one of four spellers left by the sixth round. Without hesitation, he confidently spelled words like corsair, pulchritude, fungible and nascent.