The look on Jennifer Mong's face when she was given her championship word at this year's Telegram Post Media Canspell Spelling Bee Saturday gave her away.
It was obvious to anyone in the crowd who watched Jennifer grin that she knew the correct spelling of "toreador."
For the second year in a row, Jennifer was crowned queen of the bee, beating Brother Rice Junior High student JinJi Dawson in the 14th round.
Jennifer, age 12 and a Grade 8 student at MacDonald Drive Junior High, will head to Toronto at the end of the month to compete against 20 other regional finalists at the Postmedia Canspell National Finals, for a chance to win $15,000 in educational awards courtesy of Egg Farmers of Canada. If she's successful there, she'll be off to Washington in May for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Jennifer was one of 53 spellers who competed in the regional bee at College of the North Atlantic Saturday. The students, in Grades 4 to 8, had outspelled more than 1,800 others in school-level competitions to earn their spot.
On Saturday, Jennifer was presented with a plaque from The Telegram and a cheque for $5,000 from Egg Farmers of Canada, which she said would be going into the bank with last year's cheque, for her education fund.
For more coverage and photos see Monday's Telegram.