LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Spelling Bee was held at Lincoln Middle School on Saturday morning.

The event — which was held in person for the first time since the pandemic — had 20 spellers, grades 4-8, from across the state.

12 News anchor Kim Kalunian once again served as the official pronouncer.

Penelope Sargeant, 14, who is an 8th grader at St. Margaret School in East Providence, took home the prize of the top speller in the state.

After multiple rounds with the final three spellers, Penelope correctly spelled “telegnosis” and “interpellate.”

Penelope will now represent Rhode Island at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this spring.