Newsday covered yesterday’s LI Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University. Rika Mizoguchi, who attends H.B. Thompson Middle School, will now will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. and represent Long Island.
Photo: Rika Mizoguchi in one of the tense final moments of the Spelling Bee. Behind her is first runner up, Sheryl Lin of Island Trees Middle School.