It’s always been a goal of mine
It was a really cool experience to do it because I’ve been working for it my whole life. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved to spell, and I’ve always wanted to go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It’s always been a goal of mine, and I finally achieved it this year. I got 42nd out of 515, which was pretty cool.
Basically, I knew the alphabet before I could walk – that was a big gift for me. And then as I progressed – in first, second and third grade – I won all of my spelling bees in my classrooms. Then I started to think, I can really do this. I’m in eighth grade so it was my last year for it. I’m happy I did it.
What was the best part of the national competition?
Obviously there were kids from all around the world, which was very cool. And it was really cool to see ESPN and all the broadcasts and everything. It was a good experience.
Would you have been able to spell the winning word?
Koinonia. Yeah, probably. That was an easy one.