Southside ISD students took on the second annual Spanish Spelling Bee Competition Tuesday in San Antonio.

One letter at a time, native Spanish speakers, and non-native Spanish students challenged themselves and classmates in a fierce competition.

High school, middle school, and elementary school students nervously took the podium to showcase their bilingual skills in separate divisions.

Ines Hinostroza, a junior at Southside High School, took first place in her division and in her first competition.

Her school is one of seven Southside ISD schools that took part in the challenge where more than 70 students competed.

The schools competing teach dual language or English as a second language.

"I think my mom is going to be very proud of me because she taught me Spanish," Hinostroza.

She's now headed regional spelling bee competition in 2018.