Hite Elementary School has a new spelling bee champion, and he only learned English two years ago.

Luciano Armendariz is in fifth grade.

He came to the United States from Ecuador and only spoke Spanish.

Principal Sheridan Barnett said his determination should be an inspiration to all.

“The other amazing story that I like to present to students, and adults even, is you don’t have to be the best at everything, but you have to work harder than everyone else in the room to be successful. And he did.”

Armendariz will go on to represent Hite Elementary in the district spelling bee next Wednesday.

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