22 students from across Uzbekistan competed in the 3rd annual National Spelling Bee Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, at the National Library in Tashkent. This year over 140 students from across the country competed in local bees, with two winners from each local bee competing in the national bee. The program received a significant boost from English Language Fellows and English Language Teaching Assistants in the regions, who acted as coaches for their students and organizers at the local level. The overall champion was Munavarkhon Khudoyberdieva from Andijan State University. The three runner-ups were: Sadokatkhon Abdukhalilova (Andijan Machine Building Institute), Kuanishbay Djumamuratov (Karakalpak State University) and Ayzada Yernazarova (Karakalpak State University). The four winners will attend the Central Asia Spelling Bee, to be held in Bishkek in April.