Local eighth-grader Robbie Getz will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to compete in the National Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. And this time, the 14-year-old West Junior High School student feels a little better prepared.
Robbie was eliminated in the first round of the national contest last year when he misspelled "nasturtium." This year, he has been studying a list from which words are chosen for the first three rounds of the competition, so he is positive he'll have no trouble there.
He also has been studying several other lists with the help of his mother. Robbie said he studies the lists anywhere from 10 minutes to more than an hour a day, depending on his homework load.
Robbie's parents, Jon and Judy Getz, and his 12-year-old sister, Hilary, will travel with him to Washington on Sunday, and the tournament will be held May 30 and 31.
Robbie earned the right to represent Kansas this year when he won the All-Kansas Spelling Bee in March. He won the 37th annual state bee by correctly spelling "antsy."