Again, I had to wake up early. Drowsily, I passed through security and headed up onto the stage. My placard sat upright in the chair I was supposed to sit in. I sat next to other people from Michigan. As each speller cautiously approached the microphone, my nervousness slowly faded. I was pleased each time I heard the word and knew how to spell it.
After around 70 spellers, I started to get a little bored! All too quickly it was my turn. I walked out of my row and stood on a duct tape x. Once the boy in front of me was done spelling echt, I walked to the microphone. Dr. Bailly pronounced orogeny.
I immediately knew the word, but I asked a couple questions to be sure, also so that my voice wouldn’t crack when I spelled the word. I spelled my word correctly, and with much joy, I walked back to my seat.
After I had taken a break and ate lunch the process repeated, only this time my word was ankh. As soon as I heard the word, I just had to smile. Thank you Rick Riordan. He is the author of a book that had that very word in it!
After spelling my word correctly, and having a small break. I went back to the ballroom for the announcement of the 41 semifinalists.
I didn’t expect to make it to the semifinals, in fact I am happy enough just to be here representing our region the best I can!
The results came out. I was not one of the finalists. I am still very proud of myself, and thank you to all of those who supported me throughout my spelling career!