bianka-estrada.jpgBianka Estrada, a fifth-grader at Gloria Floyd Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, spelled her way through nine rounds of words to become the local champion of the Macy’s Spelling Bee.

Her winning word was “aviary.” In total, 43 students ages 8-11 participated in the Spelling Bee event at Macy’s at The Falls, on Saturday, Sept. 15.

This is Macy’s seventh annual competition in partnership with Reading is Fundamental.

Each of the 27 regional Spelling Bee champs takes home prizes including an iPad, a Macy's Gift Card, a tutoring scholarship from Kaplan and an online gift card from Scholastic.