AR: WE HAVE A WINNER
When seventh-grader Samia Nawaz was given the word “plantain,” she knew she had the Arkansas State Spelling Bee in the bag. “As soon as she heard that word, she smirked at me,” said her mother, Fahmida Nawaz. That’s because Samia’s mother grew up eating plantains – a tropical, banana-like plant. Samia of Little Rock beat out 62 other spellers in the bee, held Saturday at the University of Arkansas.