Countdown To The 2014 Regional Spelling Bee

Posted: February 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the ninth and tenth of 20 profiles of the contestants in the 2014 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 March 1. Each day, we will introduce two of the spellers competing for a spot in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Emily Howe

School: Wilbur S. Pence Middle

Grade: Seventh

Age: 12

Lives in: Harrisonburg

Parents: Takeshi and David Howe

Winning word, or misspelled word if runner-up, in divisional bee: Aphasia

How spelled: Aphaisia

Favorite subject: Math. “I am good with numbers.”

Career goals: Pediatric oncologist. “I want to help children with cancer.”

Hobbies: Acting, singing, dancing, playing piano and gymnastics.

Favorite author, book or series: “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte, or “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.

Spelling secrets: “Repeat it in your head before you say each letter.”

Interesting facts: “I have never been out of the country. Due to my blood type, I am considered a ‘universal donor.’ I have a large birthmark on my neck.”

Anything else DN-R readers should know about you or anything you would like to say to them: “I live my life by the motto: ‘If nobody from the future has come back to stop you, how bad of a decision can it really be?’”


Brayden Kelley

School: J. Frank Hillyard Middle

Grade: Eighth

Age: 13

Lives in: Timberville

Where else have you lived: Criders

Parents: Nathanael and Nichole Kelley

Winning word, or misspelled word if runner-up, in divisional bee: galleon

How spelled: gallion

Favorite subject: Tech. “Hands-on work.”

Career goals: A gunsmith. “I like working on guns.”

Hobbies: Cleaning guns and tinkering with them, reading, hunting and shooting targets.

Favorite book, series or author: “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Interesting facts: “I’ve been to Washington state. I have ridden over 4,000 miles on a Harley-Davidson. My great-grandfather is a retired CSM (Army command sergeant major.) I have ancestors who came to the Americas with Christopher Columbus.”

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