A student from Ashley County has been invited to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to compete with students from all over the country.

Trinity Foster, an eighth grade student at Crossett Middle School, won the Ashley County Spelling Bee, placed fourth at the state level and will now compete at the national level at the 92nd annual spelling competition in Washington, D.C. which is scheduled for the last week of May.

Leslie Mansur, a librarian with the Crossett School District, said Foster placing fourth this year is the highest a student from Ashley County has placed at the state level.

“To my knowledge, no on from Crossett has ever qualified for the National Bee, so this is a really big deal for a girl who has never even been on an airplane,” Mansur said

Foster received her invite last Wednesday, but was concerned that the registration fee and travel expenses might be too much for her to come up with.

“I told her just keep studying and God will provide, but we need your help to make it happen,” Mansur said.

Registration for the competition costs $1,500, and on Friday, Mansur said Superintendent Gary Williams announced that the Crossett School District would pay the $1,500.

Foster now has to fundraise and is asking for donations to help with the expense of her plane ticket, hotel expenses and meals.

Mansur said that anyone willing to donate can contact her at the Crossett Elementary School or they may contact the Crossett Middle School Office.

Mansur said Foster has worked really hard and has had her heart set on competing at the National level since she was in the third grade.

“Trinity is one of the sweetest, smartest girls I know, and I would really like to see the community come together to give her this opportunity,” Mansur said.

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