Every time Clayton Fields stepped up to the microphone Thursday night, a smile spread across his face.
And every time Clayton stepped up to spell a word, he got it right.
Clayton, a fourth-grader at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, said his positive attitude at the Anderson County Championship Spelling Bee was part of the reason he ultimately became the champion.
“It definitely helped,” he said while smiling.
Clayton’s winning word was “benefactor,” and he spelled it correctly, loud and proud.