Big Island middle school student wins state Spelling Bee

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A student from Konawaena Middle School is Hawaii's newest king bee of spelling.

Sixth-grader Taggart Nakamoto beat out 13 other finalists to win this year's state spelling bee.

His winning word was "billabong", which is a branch of a river forming a backwater or stagnant pool.

The 12-year old is the third in his family to be a finalist in the bee.

He advances to the national competition in Washington, D.C. which will be held in late May.

Before the final round, we're told he correctly spelled difficult words, such as "whortleberry" and "bildungsroman" with ease.