Richard Moraga, an eighth-grader at St Pius X School in Lombard, won the DuPage County Spelling Bee. Moraga, who lives in Wood Dale, spelled the word "reprehensible" correctly in the 12th round of the competition.
The bee was held on Feb. 20 in Wheaton at Monroe Middle School.
Moraga competed against 25 students at the DuPage County Spelling Bee finals. The students advanced to the final after placing at the top of regional spelling bee competitions throughout DuPage County.
Moraga now advances to the 86th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals, to be held from May 28 -- 30 in Washington, DC. This is the sixth-consecutive year ComEd sponsored local spellers at the DuPage County Spelling Bee. ComEd will cover all expenses for Moraga and his family to attend the National Spelling Bee Finals.