Northwest Rankin student wins state spelling bee

MAE president Joyce Helmick (center) poses with 2018 Mississippi Spelling Bee winner, Vaibhavi Mahajan (right) and first runner-up Iris Xue (left). [Source: Mississippi Public Broadcasting]

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Vaibhavi Mahajan won the 2018 Mississippi Spelling Bee Tuesday at Jackson State University. She's in 8th grade at Northwest Rankin Middle School in the Rankin County School District.

Mahajan spelled the word “expropriate” for the win.

The first runner-up was Iris Xue of Hayes Cooper Center in the Cleveland School District in Bolivar County.

Mahajan will attend Bee Week May 27 through June 1 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland and the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.