County champs prepare for Regional Spelling Bee

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

March 16, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 16, 2014 at 10:17 p.m.

The regional spelling bee will draw 12 co-champions from six Crossroads counties to the Johnson Symposium stage Tuesday evening.

Anthony Liu, 11, a Travis Middle School sixth-grader, started competing in the spelling bee as a third-grader.

"My brother won the county bee, and he went to Victoria one time three years ago," Anthony said. "I wanted to get to Victoria, too, so I started studying."

Anthony reads all the words in his study packet to his mother, Amy Lin, and she reads them back to him using a computer as an aide for pronunciation.

"Three years ago, when my oldest son went to Victoria, he lost on the word 'cruller' because the pronouncer said it differently than he had been learning it," Lin said. "So this time, I've been very careful by using the computer."

Anthony is excited about making it to the regional spelling bee competition in Victoria for the first time.

"I'm really excited," Anthony said. "I might lose; I might win."

Last year, Anthony was the Calhoun County alternate for the regional spelling bee, his mother said.

The week of the spelling bee will be a busy one for Anthony, said his mother, because he's also participating in a mathematics competition called Mathcounts.

"He wants to win the spelling bee for us because every summer we go back to Taiwan, but this year, we probably won't go back," Lin said. "If he wins the spelling bee, he said we can go to Boston and D.C. instead of Taiwan - so we're counting on him."

His mother said, joking, if he doesn't win, they'll be going to New Hampshire to visit a family friend instead.

"I've been telling him to take it easy," Lin said. "I don't want to put too much pressure on him."



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