Countdown To The 2013 Regional Spelling Bee
Editor’s Note: This is the 13th and 14th of 20 profiles of the contestants in the 2013 Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the Rockingham District Ruritans and co-sponsored by the Daily News-Record and public television station WVPT. The bee will be held at the WVPT studios in Harrisonburg on Saturday. Each day, we will introduce the spellers competing for a spot in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
School: Elkton Elementary
Born in: Elkton
Currently lives in: Elkton
Parents: Jacob and Daisy Lam, and Dennis Campbell
Winning or, if runner-up, misspelled word in district bee:
Subsequent (spelled subsiquent in district bee)
Favorite subject: Gymnastics. “I love to do cartwheels and pennydrops.”
Career goals: Veterinarian. “Because I love animals.”
Hobbies: Reading, gymnastics and swimming.
Favorite book or author: The “Dork Diaries” series, by Rachel Renee Russell.
Spelling secrets: “I study and [when spelling a word] I close my eyes and sound out and visualize it.”
Interesting facts: “I have three sisters and one brother. I have taught myself to play ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ on the recorder.”
Anything else you’d like to say to DN-R readers: “I thank you and the town of Elkton for supporting me.”
School: Eastern Mennonite Middle
Born in: Winchester
Currently lives in: Harrisonburg
Parents: Cecilia Chen and Adrian Zhang
Winning or, if runner-up, misspelled word in district bee: Manuscript (spelled correctly in district bee)
Favorite Subject: Gym, science and social studies. “I love being active, learning about nature and learning about other people and their stories.”
Career Goals: Teacher. “[Because] I love school.”
Hobbies: Swimming, reading, knitting and playing the piano and violin.
Favorite book or author: The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, and books by author Rick Riordan.
Spelling Secrets: “I try to picture the word in my mind and then spell it out slowly.”
Interesting Facts: “I’m an only child, I’ve been to China, I’ve never been to the beach and my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE color is purple.”
Anything else you’d like to say to DN-R readers: “Take your time [and] don’t think about being nervous.”