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Homeschooled spelling whiz wins 3rd bee

Let’s hope the third time’s a charm for Ethan. This boy is in our own local homeschool group!
It took 246 words to whittle the field of 90 spellers down to two during the 12th annual Regional Spelling Bee at the Memorial Art Gallery on Sunday.
And when the 13th round of the spelling bee began, the sparseness of the audience and rows of empty seats gave no hint that a standing-room-only crowd anxiously gathered to see their children compete when the spelling bee began 3½ hours earlier.
Yet the tension was palpable as the top two spellers, Ethan Johnson of Bristol, Ontario County, and Sarah Hofmann, a sixth-grader at Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton, battled to correctly spell the words that would get them an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. Read more…

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