Thursday, May 28, 2009

Radio Interview

I'm being interviewed live on KS95 today at 8:40 am Eastern! If you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, try to listen!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Well,, I didn't make it to Semifinals.I was one point below the cut.I got 27, and the cut was 28.The good news is that I can try and come back for two more years, so hopefully I can make it to Nationals and make the Semifinals next year.Good luck to all the remaining spellers!

Update on scores

I got my two oral words.They were ludicrous and koinonia.I got them both right.I found out how I did on my written test.I got 21 out of 25.My total score is 27 out of 30.I'll find out what the cut score is at 5:45 Eastern.I'll post again to say whether I made it to Semifinals.I'm being interviewed on KS95 radio tomorrow morning at either 8:40 or 9:10 Eastern.I'm ot sure if it's live, but if you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, it might be on then.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Here I am in D.C.! It's a ton of fun, but REALLY hot.I'm melting.We got to see the White House (from the outside).There were Secret Sevice guys inside the fence with machine guns.DO NOT make them mad. We also went to Arlington National Cemetery.That was really amazing, albeit the heat. We saw the changing of the guard.Those soldiers stand there in 85 degree heat in long-sleeved shirts and long pants that are black! I also took a writing class at the Spy Museum with the author of the Gilda Joyce series.That was fun. Yesterday we went to a speller BBQ at a place called Turkey Run.It was so much fun.They had ice cream and snowcones, and you could play volleyball or baseball and a bunch of other games. My Round One test is today. It's 50 words, only 25 of which count, but you don't know which 25.You get a point for each word you get right.Then, tomorrow, I'll have two oral spelling rounds.You get three points for each of those two words.At the end, they add up your total score (max is 31) and make a cut to the top 50 scorers. I've met a bunch of really nice people.They give you this book called the Bee Keeper.It has a page for each speller and staff member, and you try to get everyone to sign yours.So far, I have 151 spellers and 6 staff.I'm halfway there!