For Steven Hendryx, Thursday's district spelling bee turned out much better than the one last year.
At the 2007 district contest, Hendryx bowed out in the first round when he misspelled the word "prairie."
He said he was too nervous.
But this time around, Hendryx, a seventh-grader at South Middle School, outlasted the rest in the field.
He correctly spelled "chronology" to win the 2008 Lancaster County School District spelling bee, held at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.