Meet DeWitt County spelling co-champions
March 12, 2013 at 9 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.
Twelve spellers from around the Crossroads will duke it out at the 2013 Regional Spelling Bee Championship.
Each day, we'll feature the co-champions from participating counties.
If you can't make it to the competition, be sure to check out our live video from the event.
Name: Lillianna Gonzalez
Grade: 7th grade
Age: 13 years old
School: Cuero Junior High School
Past victories: Cuero Intermediate School 2012 winner
Hobbies: Adding new shapes and sizes to her rock collection
Other achievements: First-place winner in UIL Spelling for the last six consecutive years, has made 100s on every spelling test she's ever taken.
Q: What was your winning word?
Q: If you win, what do you plan on doing in DC?
A: I guess visiting some of the museums, especially the Holocaust Museum; that's the one we want to see. My mom is like my coach, so she'll be the one going with me.
Q: How do you practice for the spelling bee?
A: My mom made flashcards with all of the words in the spelling bee with the language of origin and pronunciation. We test each other.
Name: Brady Watson
Grade: 5th grade
Age: 10 years old
School: Cuero Intermediate School
Past victories: School and county Bee winner 2011-12, placed sixth at the regional competition that same year; school and county bee winner 2012-13
Hobbies: Playing soccer, basketball and the piano. Singing in the church choir. Playing video games on the Wii U.
Other achievements: UIL Number Sense - first place in first grade and fourth grade, second place in second grade and third grade; currently Student Council Vice President at CIS and on the A Honor Roll.