Coronado Middle School student Aptin Biparva won the school spelling bee and will head to the San Diego County competition. Photo courtesy of CUSD.

Aptin Biparva, a Coronado Middle School sixth grade student, clinched the school’s spelling bee title last week after seven rounds that took nearly one and a half hours.

The winning word?

Ardent, which means being enthusiastic or passionate.

Eighth-grader Brenden Price was runner-up.

The competition included 35 spellers in the annual CMS event on Thursday.

The competitors were a mix of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students.

“Each English/Humanities class held a class spelling bee and then sent their winner to the school bee. The event was very competitive and Aptin was so excited when he won,” said teacher Kathy Cotten, who coordinated the event.

Biparva moves on to the San Diego County Spelling Bee on March 9, with that winner going to the state bee. That champion will attend the national competition in Washington DC.

“We are so proud of Aptin and will be cheering him on at the next level,” said Principal Brooke Falar.

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