CAPE ELIZABETH — Naomi Zarin of Gray won her second consecutive Cumberland County Spelling Bee Tuesday night at Cape Elizabeth Middle School.

Zarin, an eighth-grader at Friends School of Portland, spelled correctly in 18 rounds against a field of 25 school champions and runners-up. Her winning word was lokshen, which are noodles.

Zarin advances to the Maine State Spelling Bee, scheduled for March 25 at Hannaford Hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. She was runner-up in the state bee last March.

Stefan Bell, a seventh-grader from Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, finished second Tuesday night. He spelled 16 words correctly before stumbling on einkorn.


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