"Transilient."

It's not a word many people have ever heard -- even Microsoft Word's spellchecker doesn't know it's a real word -- but Cedar Middle School student Zachary Ocab was able to spell it, and since he could, the eighth grader won the Daily Press' 7th annual spelling bee on Feb. 6.

Ocab beat out 39 other elementary and middle school students from around the Victor Valley and won thousands of dollars in prizes, including:

* A copy of Webster's Third New International Dictionary, unabridged
* $100 savings bond
* A one-year subscription to the Encyclopaedia Britannica online encyclopedia
* $20 Amazon.com gift certificate
* A trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, in June

The Daily Press' spelling bee was sponsored in large part by E.W. Scripps Company and the California Lottery.

And as for "transilient?" It's a Latin adjective used in geology that means something "passing abruptly or leaping from one thing, condition, etc. to another," according to Webster's New World College Dictionary.

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