Friday, March 23, 2007

Congratulations To Homeschooler Joseph Henares - CT Spelling Bee Winner!

I am so privileged to personally know the Henares family. They are such wonderful people.

Their son Joseph won the New Haven Register’s 2007 Spelling Bee Thursday night by spelling the word "charisma." This eighth grade homeschooler is a well deserving kid and we are all thrilled he will be going on to the nationals in Washington, DC.

This was announced in an email from the Greater Waterbury Homeschool Educators group:
Joseph Henares winner of our GWHE Spelling Bee has won
the New Haven Register Spelling Bee. Joseph competed
last night in New Haven against twenty-one
contestants, winning on the word 'charisma.'

Joseph will progress to the Scripps-Howard National
Spelling Bee which will be held in Washington, D.C. on
May 30-31st. He won a $500 savings bond and an
all-expense paid trip for him and one adult to

Way to go, Joseph!!!
Joseph also won a $100 Samuel Louis Sugarman Award. To help him study, he also gets a Merriam-Webster Third New International Dictionary.

According to the New Haven Register report:
Hungry for victory, Joseph studied six hours a day and enlisted his siblings to surf the Internet for challenging words to spell. That was after he had memorized a book of common spelling bee words.

"He likes to win," said his mother, Jean Henares. "He was determined to win it this time," added his father, John Henares.
Congratulations to Jean and John and the entire Henares family. We wish you well and are so very proud of Joseph's accomplishment.