HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-Champion Erin Howard got a warm welcome home on Tuesday evening.
Howard was greeted by friends, classmates, teachers and members of the Grissom High School band at Huntsville Airport.
Since the Spelling Bee, Howard has made national TV appearances and was recognized with her peers at a New York Yankees game.
Howard competed in the Spelling Bee for four years and WHNT News 19 has covered her journey the entire way.
In 2017, Howard came to the WHNT News 19 studio and competed against morning anchor Steve Johnson.
Howard was an eighth grader from Mountain Gap P-8 this past year. It was in the halls of Mountain Gap P-8 school that Erin built the foundation that would send her to the National Spelling Bee not once, but four times.
"She really took every spare moment that she could to prepare herself. So, I hope it shows our students that with hard work and dedication and time commitment, you really can do anything," said Mountain Gap principal Heather Bardwell.
The words that Erin successfully spelled during the championship rounds included: tophet, tinaja, pallone, meerschaum, jindyworobak, zamacueca, godet, Komondor, tulisan, erysipelas, calembour, and deixis.
Howard will receive more than $50,000 in cash and prizes and a new, custom-designed trophy. What is next for Erin? A guest spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week. She'll be a 9th grader at Grissom High School this fall.