Bre’Ann Washington was on pins and needles this week as she sat among 562 top spellers from around the world ready to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Washington, from Robert E. Lee Junior High in Monroe, felt her heart pumping as she made it past the first round and was still standing. In round two, the words became more complicated, she was given the word, “Weltschmerz” – and spelled it correctly.
She was still standing along with Trinity Foster of Crossett Arkansas and Devika Dua from Cedar Crest School in West Monroe.
However, in round three Foster spelled “Opulent” correctly and Dua spelled “Cultigen” correctly, but Washington stumbled when she misspelled “salvageable.” She spelled it “salvigable.”
It was a heartbreak for the brave young lady from Monroe, but she represented her local community with pride.
The first place winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee wins $50,000 and a trophy from Scripps National Spelling Bee, an additional $2,500 cash prize and a reference library from Merriam-Webster, a trip to New York City to appear on Live with Kelly and Ryan; and a trip to Hollywood to be on the television show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Students who come in second through sixth place receive cash prizes, ranging from $25,000 to $2,500.
Just be among the best spellers in the United States and make it to the third round of competition is something Miss Washington will talk about all of her life.
Her feat was the result of hundreds of hours of practice, memorization, and sacrifices that are a tribute to her parents, and spelling bee coach.
Hats off to Bre’Ann Washington for a job well done!