"I feel like I'll do well, but it's not there yet, so it's hard to make any assumptions," Sean said. "It feels like it's just looming on the horizon."
"I hope to see all the monuments, all the sites," he said.
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"We have word lists, and we have the prefixes and suffixes," he said.
"I scanned in a lot of words to my phone to study, a lot of the roots, prefixes," he said.
This year, a speller's qualification for the semifinals and championship finals will be based on a score that incorporates onstage spelling with computer based spelling and vocabulary questions.
Now the Calvary Christian School eighth grader is about to step onto the national stage, anxiously hoping all of that preparation wins the day. He'll be facing some tough competition: 281 spellers are expected to compete in the event.
Sean, who has competed in several spelling bees at the school level, said he even has a dictionary of words that have come into use recently.
"Throughout this Ghd On Sale whole period of time, he learns more words, and from there he will learn from other spellers how they prepare for their contest," she said. "I think the experience mainly is to meet more people and I think make friends with them. That's probably the most exciting part for most of the kids."
"It was a pretty good amount that I had to learn and a pretty good amount that I already knew," he said.
This is the first year the national spelling bee is requiring the spellers to give the definition of words. Since 2002, a written or computer spelling test had been a component of the bee that, along with onstage spelling, factored into determining which spellers advanced to the semifinals.
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son of Tina and Chinglinn Wang, won the Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee in Weslaco in March. He is now competing at the national bee under the sponsorship of the Valley Morning Star, The Brownsville Herald and The Monitor.
30 minutes a day.
God gave him the chance to go to a different place to compete with all the kids and also learn from them," she said. "He was very thankful for the opportunity that God gave to him."
Spending time with friends is so important to Sean that he chose to go on an eighth grade graduation trip that had been planned the whole year, although the trip took place the week before school ended, limiting his time to prepare for the competition.
Even his phone is packed with words that he's scanned in.
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However, his mother said he's expressed special interest in seeing the aviation museum at the Smithsonian.
Since the regional meet, Sean has faithfully spent about an hour a day preparing for the competition.
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"I always emphasize the process is the most important no matter whether you win or not," said Wang, who is the librarian at the San Perlita Independent School District.
"I've been with my classmates, many of them, for 10 years," he said. "So I really wanted to spend my last week with them."
He and his classmates spent the whole year raising the money to go to Forest Glen Camp near Huntsville. Forest Glen is a Christian camp and retreat facility.
"I think one thing he mentioned, since he's a Christian, when he won the regional contest, he was very thankful that Babyliss Miracurl Nano Titanium
Tina Wang said she and her husband are extremely proud of their son.
"Right now we're swimming," he said by phone from the retreat. "It's very relaxing out here. Everywhere, you see trees and lots of green stuff."
Sean said learning so many words has improved his vocabulary. The school year is almost over, so he hasn't been able to use too many of them lately because there haven't been many assignments. He'll have plenty of chances to use them next year when he begins attending the Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes.
HARLINGEN As most school children look forward to their summer vacation, 14 year old Sean Wang is busy studying prefixes, suffixes and the root meaning of words.
He looked at the trip as a chance to rest up before the stressful competition.
Posted May 26, 2013
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