Local Speller Heading to D.C.

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/iframe?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&page_count=5&pf_id=9627&show_title=1&va_id=4066756&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=360 type=iframe]

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.


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s