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Hermosa Elementary Spelling Bee champion Caleb Clemmons, front row center, smiles alongside runner-up Jadon Mauldin, left, and third-place speller Javier Rodriguez, right, following the conclusion of the bee Tuesday at the school. Joining the trio are, back row from left, judges Melissa Plotner, Thad Phipps and John Ross Null. (Courtesy Photo)

Hermosa Elementary School held its annual spelling bee for students in grades 3-5 Tuesday.

After 10 rounds of spelling, third-grader Caleb Clemmons, a student in Carrie Montgomery’s class, took top honors after spelling the winning word, “mockingly.”

Finishing in second place was Jadon Mauldin, a fourth-grader in June Willmore’s class, followed by Javier Rodriguez in third, a fifth-grader from Krystal Craft’s class.

Other participants in the bee included third-graders Arianna Gomez and Marlyn Corza; fourth-graders Sophia Cruz and Joel Sotelo; and fifth-graders Taylor Salter and Josiah Deason.

Clemmons will now move on to represent Hermosa, the Artesia Public Schools, and the city of Artesia at the Southwest Regional Spelling Bee in March in El Paso, Texas.