Getting to the National Spelling Bee is no easy feat, but one Lincolnview student is gearing up to make it to Washington D.C. for the third year in a row.
Una Van Wynsberghe is an 8th grader at Lincolnview, who is active in band and is an avid reader. For the last three years, she's been on the stage for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. While it's a little nerve-wracking thinking about this year's competition, Una says that she's been preparing for it with her parents.
"After the Regional Spelling Bee, the list of words that they give you to study is just the dictionary - so studying has slowed down a lot," said Van Wynsberghe. "We did make index cards with the definitions and the language of origin and using it in a sentence, and then my dad or my mom would read the words and I would spell them."
And of course, the school is proud of Una and her accomplishments over the last three years - and plan to cheer for her from back home.
"It’s an incredible honor to get there once, let alone three times, what a great representation for Lincolnview and our community, and I just want to thank Una and her family for all the hard work they’ve done," said Brad Mendenhall, principal of Lincolnview Junior High and High School. "There's a Twitter account that we follow and we watch with her number, so we kind of stay posted that way, we're definitely interested in how she does, and I think she has a pretty high expectations this time around - I’m just wishing the best for her."
The 91st National Spelling Bee will run from May 27th to June 1st.