Fifth grader Naman won Creekside Elementary School’s Annual Spelling Bee just before school was dismissed for the summer. Naman moved through 25 rounds of the competition, ultimately defeating 19 other finalists and making him the first student to win the school-wide spelling bee two years in a row. Fifth graders Nicholas and Hasita tied for second place, and fourth grader Veer came in third.

The finalists are determined by a qualifier test, in which they must beat out a field of third, fourth, and fifth grade students for a seat on the stage. The bee is highly competitive and occurs in front of a full audience of classmates and family members. Creekside is one of the few elementary schools in the area that runs an on-stage production of the bee.