Michelle Lowe

About Michelle Lowe

Delivering the news in North MS and West AL. has been just one more "Day in the Life" since 2007. Anchor of WCBI News at 9 on MYMS, co-anchor WCBI News at 10. Email me with story ideas!

Video: Tupelo Spelling Bee Champ Keeps Title

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TUPELO, Miss. – (WCBI) Tupelo Middle School 8th grader Maria Kaltchenko has done it again. She won the Lee County spelling bee Thursday for the second straight year.

She needed an exhausting 26 rounds before second place finisher Emalee Blaylock of Mooreville Middle School missed a word. Kaltchenko spelled “picaresque” to clinch it.

Both students will compete in the regional spelling bee in Memphis in March.