Amphibiotic. That’s the word local spelling bee champion Ben Kemp spelled correctly today, making it through the first round of the National Spelling Bee.
The Barwise 6th grader is one of 500-plus spellers competing in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which got underway in National Harbor, Maryland.
If Kemp makes it all the way through, he’ll win nearly $43,000 in prize money, and a replica Encyclopedia Britannica set from 1768.
We caught up with the 12-year-old before he took the stage for the first time.
“I’ve had to study daily,” Kemp said. “I’ve had to prepare, learn word orgins and all different types of things. I’m excited. I’m looking froward to getting on stage and competing. Hopefully, spelling my words right.”
If you’d like to see kemp in action, he’s speller number 430!
The preliminary rounds will continue Wednesday on ESPN 3 and then the finals will be on Thursday.
And of course, we wish Ben the best of the luck as he represents Texoma on the big stage!