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Max Lee, an 8th grader at Canfield Middle School, is heading to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Lee got the chance to compete on the national stage by winning the regional spelling bee, sponsored by The Vindicator. It is the second year in a row that Lee won the local competition.
He said he thinks the competition will be easier this year because he knows what to expect, but the national bee has added a new vocabulary section. Lee said in order to qualify for the finals and semi-finals, spellers must take a vocabulary test in addition to the written spelling test. The vocabulary test gives spellers a word and they have to define it.
Lee said he has faced some pretty stiff competition the past few years at the regional level. His trick is to spell the word out on his arm, which he said he saw some contestants do on TV.
“It helps me visualize the word,” Lee said.
He is leaving for Washington, D.C. on Saturday and the written portion of the test is May 28. Competition begins Wednesday and continues Thursday.