Kilough Elementary fifth grader Jacob Vaughan had a real "hankering" to win last week's countywide spelling bee at Dawson County Middle School.
J.T., as he is known to family and friends, correctly spelled the word and then confidently recited the letters "n-i-n-e-t-e-e-n" to claim the title Jan. 27.
An avid reader who admits he gets in trouble on occasion in class because he can't put his books down, J.T. is now moving on to the 2016 District Spelling Bee to be held Feb. 27 at Mabry Middle School in Marietta.
"I take the words and look them up on the computer to see what they mean, and then I will study them and study how to spell them," he said.
He also enlisted the help from his friends and proud family who would call out the words and test him.
"My parents are real excited for me," he said.
His father Jason Vaughan said he was not surprised to learn that J.T. was among the top student spellers in the county.
"Luckily for him, he really doesn't have to study a whole lot. A lot if it comes naturally," he said. "He picks up on things really, really quickly. He loves to read. He's constantly reading, whenever he gets a chance."
In the event J.T. cannot make the trip to Cobb County at the end of the month, runner-up Cameron Harper, a fifth grader at Black's Mill Elementary, will take his place.