Modesto's Lakewood, Sonoma students compete in state spelling bee

Two Modesto elementary school students were among 60 of the state's top spellers who met Saturday in the California State Elementary Spelling Championship in Sonoma.

Lakewood Elementary sixth-grader Mahima Krishnamoorthi, 11, came in 20th, and Bowoo Lee, 10, a fifth-grader at Sonoma Elementary School, finished 53rd.

The competition was completed in eight rounds. Santa Cruz County's Andrew Miller, 12, a sixth-grader, won by correctly spelling "sesquicentennial," then "gorgonize."

He received a trophy and a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond.