Congratulations for winning this spelling bee go to both this fine young man and his mother, Jennifer, who schools him at home. I’m encouraged with our world when I read of such people; their brilliance, their dedication, and their accomplishments. Here’s to the upstanding and focused young people among us.
“In the fall,” said his mother, Jennifer, “he’ll be taking calculus.”
Evan, a home-schooled eighth-grader from Danville, Calif., breezed through the competition Thursday night to become the nation’s top speller. He said he knew the winning word — a noun describing small forceps — the moment the pronouncer said it, but he was more enthusiastic when he spoke about an upcoming math camp this summer and the calculus class he’ll be taking at the University of California at Berkeley.
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