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Bees at Work


My Spelling Journey

Although I've always had a talent for spelling and an overall interest in language in general, I never had much of an interest in spelling bees until 2018, when I was in 7th grade. I won my school spelling bee and advanced to the regional bee in my community. Using the study booklet that I was given to prepare, I studied countless hours in preparation and memorized all of the words on the lists. I came in first place which meant a free trip to Washington, D.C. for the national bee in May. After tying for 323rd place that year, I knew that I wanted to improve my rank for next year's bee. I began studying that summer, starting at four hours every day. That amount gradually grew to around five or six hours a day during the week, and up to 9 hours a day on the weekends. I also had a coach who I would meet with weekly to quiz on lists and learn more language patterns. After a four hour battle during the regional bee, I came in first place once again and scored my second trip to D.C. I finished nationals tying for 51st place, just a few points short from making the finals. I didn't place as well as I would've liked, but knew that I didn't want my entire spelling experience to come to an end. I hope I can help other spellers who have similar aspirations for themselves and provide the tools and assistance needed for success. My spelling journey is more than just the development of my knowledge of words and language; it is a unique experience where I have met new friends, taught myself important life lessons such as time management and study skills, and way more.

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