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UCS expert speller performs on a national stage
UCS expert speller performs on a national stage
Posted on 05/31/2019
Ben Edmunds on stage

A Utica Community Schools fifth-grader was among nation’s top student spellers this week for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Edmunds, of Oakbrook Elementary, was among a record 565 contestants who converged on the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C.

He made it through the first few rounds and nearly made the final 50 of the competition.

Edmunds said earlier this month he was “excited” to be going to the bee later, practicing with his dad and using the program Quizlet to build his skills.

He said the key to becoming a good speller is understanding the word structure and origin of words.

“There are these things called word roots from a bunch of different languages,” he said. “Each language that the word comes from has special ways of spelling stuff. You follow a pattern.”

He said spelling is an important part of school. 

“People who are good spellers do better on Language Arts tests because they know more vocabulary,” he said.