March 28, 2011
So you think you can spell better than a 7th grader? Then try these words on for size: exuviate, velocipede, or obfuscatory.
Not so easy, huh? The North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee was held Tuesday night at Eastmont Junior High, and included those very words.
According to this year’s champion speller, the key to success is plenty of study, and keeping calm during the grueling competition.
Joseph Winters hails from Peshastin, and has won his school spelling bee four years in a row. By winning regionals he is now qualified for the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC later this spring.
For winning the NCW regional spelling bee, Joseph earned a $100 savings bond, an Amazon.com gift card, a gigantic dictionary, plus that all-expense paid trip to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC.
Joseph will travel at the end of May, and the actual competition gets under way June 1st. According to Wikipedia, The winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee receives a $30,000 cash prize and an engraved trophy from Scripps, a $2,500 savings bond, a reference library from Merriam-Webster, $3,800 in reference works from Encyclopædia Britannica, and a $5,000 cash prize from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.
Isaac invited the spelling savant into the studio to get some tips on beating a bee.