Two Akron-area boys in the National Spelling Bee performed well Wednesday, but earlier results prevented either from advancing to today’s semifinals and ended any chance at the championship.
Jeremy Lun, 13, of Dalton, who was the winner of the Akron Beacon Journal regional spelling bee, correctly spelled “imago” in Wednesday’s third round. In the second round, he successfully had spelled “detente.”
Lun, a seventh-grader at Dalton Intermediate School, was making his first appearance at the national bee in Washington, D.C.
Scott T. Markle, 14, of Hartville, an eighth-grader at Lake Center Christian School, also cleared the second and third rounds by spelling “kovsh” then “thalassic” correctly.
Spellers not only needed to be accurate in the live rounds to advance, but also needed to score well on a written test Tuesday. The combined scoring left Lun and Markle short of the top 42 who moved into today’s final rounds.
Lun, who loves the outdoors and is active in Boy Scouts achieving the rank of Star, said aside from spelling he also excels at math. He plans to “channel these skills into a career in engineering or medicine.”
Markle is active in Lego robotics and was a state robotics qualifier last year.
He said his mother is big supporter at spelling bees and “always wears the same yellow sweater for good luck.”