RCS 6th-grader wins SE Minnesota Spelling Bee, proceeds to national competition

(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester Catholic Schools student has been crowned grand champion speller for southeast Minnesota.

Roberto Villasboas, a 6th-grade student at St. Francis of Assisi School (PK-8), won the final spelling bee on Tuesday morning at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester.

Villasboas competed with 11 other students and was declared the grand champion after successfully spelling the word “chaperonage”.

Villasboas will now advance to the 95th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. which is scheduled for May 31 through June 2.