Meet Calhoun County's spelling co-champions
March 14, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.
Our Regional Spelling Bee Champion will receive: an all-expense paid trip (paid for by the Victoria Advocate) to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee; Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate, donated by Jay Sugarman; a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium, donated by Encyclopaedia Brittanica and a Webster's Third New International Dictionary, donated by Merriam-Webster.
The second place winner will receive a Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, donated by Merriam-Webster.
[SOURCE: The Victoria Advocate]
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Regional Spelling Bee
WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Victoria College's Johnson Symposium, 2200 E. Red River St.
Twelve spellers from around the Crossroads will duke it out at the 2013 Regional Spelling Bee Champion.
Each day, we'll feature the co-champions from participating counties.
Fridays's co-champions are from Calhoun County - Colton Andrew Blinka , Travis Middle School and Vincent Chen, of HJM Elementary School.
If you can't make it to the competition, be sure to check out our live video from the event at VictoriaAdvocate.com.
Name: Colton Andrew Blinka
Grade: Eighth grade
School: Travis Middle School
Past bee victories: Winner at the Calhoun County Bee in 2010.
Other achievements: Has gone to Nationals for tennis and was named valedictorian in sixth and seventh grade.
Q: Who is your favorite character from the Hunger Games?
A: I really like President Snow, he's kind of devious and you don't always know what he's going to do.
Q: What was your winning word?
A: Barbizon, it's a French geographical name.
Q: If you win, what are you plans for DC?
I saw the hotel online and it looks really cool. We'd probably go see the Capitol, monuments and everything.
Name: Vincent Chen
Grade: Fifth grade
School: HJM Elementary School
Past bee victories: Was named the HJM School Champion in 2012
Hobbies: Soccer, video games, reading and watching movies