Winners of the 2024 Arkansas State Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, from left: Zeeshan Anower (second place), Ryan Fan (first place) and Daksh Singh (third place). Photo by Kyle Dollarhite.
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Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas S-P-O-N-S-O-R Spelling Bee

Predominant” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “having superior strength, influence or authority” and “prevailing.”

It’s only fitting that “predominant” was the word that allowed Ryan Fan, 11, of Fayetteville in Washington County to win the title of 2024 Arkansas State Spelling Bee Champion. Since 2020, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have sponsored the event.

Fan, a McNair Middle School student who placed fourth in last year’s competition, will proceed to The Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program.

Over 85,000 students from 426 schools in 56 counties across Arkansas participated in local and county contests leading up to the 2024 State Spelling Bee, held March 9 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock.

The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.

Winning second place was Zeeshan Anower of Sebastian County, who was the 2023 Arkansas State Spelling Bee Champion. Winning third place was Daksh Singh of White County.