South Burlington 8th Grader Wins VT Spelling Bee

By Joe Gullo , Kristen Tripodi

Published 03/21 2014 05:01PM

Updated 03/21 2014 06:30PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - An eight grader from South Burlington beat out 40 other students to win the Vermont Spelling Bee.

Liam Lustberg says the spelling bee was tough, he had to spell 26 words to win it all. He says his first word was the hardest because he says he didn't want to get eliminated in the first round.

Lustberg won after correctly spelling 'pogrom', a noun that means an organized massacre. 

Now he's off to Washington D.C. to compete in National Spelling Bee.

"I'm pretty cause like free food, free hotel, free tour of the city, free banquet, and there's 30,000 dollars if I win. So that's nice," Liam Lustberg, VT Spelling Bee Champion said. 

Lustberg says no Vermonter has ever won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but maybe he could be the first.

He heads to Washington D.C. in June.

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