ALHAMBRA, Calif.–Cathy Huang, a sixth-grader from Stowers Elementary School in Cerritos, won the Los Angeles County Elementary Spelling Bee today, beating out 24 fellow champions from school districts and charter schools by correctly spelling sequester and legitimize.

Justin Woo, a fifth-grader from Oak Mesa Elementary School in La Verne, finished second in the bee held at the Almansor Court Conference Center in Alhambra.

Both qualify for the state bee, which will be held April 16 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

Woo was eliminated when he misspelled sequester.

The bee for students from fourth through sixth grades lasted for 16 rounds and more than 90 minutes.

Cheyenne Hill, a fourth grader from Frank D. Parent School in Inglewood, finished third. He was eliminated when he misspelled paradigm.

The top three finishers received trophies and savings bonds.

To see footage of the spelling bee click on this link.