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(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

Canan Belbey, a third-grade student at Hermosa Elementary School, poses with, from left, Hermosa principal Mike Worley, Artesia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Crit Caton, and APS assistant superintendents Danny Parker and John Ross Null Tuesday after winning the local level of the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee. Belbey, a student in Neita Monk’s class, competed against third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students and will now have the opportunity to advance to the Regional Spelling Bee March 3-4 in El Paso, Texas. Runner-up in the Hermosa bee was fourth-grader Kellen Worley, a student in Bianca Sillas’ and Rhiannon Bustamante’s class.