Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Homeschooled Winners

Vocabulary Whiz - 12 year old spelling ace and homeschooler Matthew Evans of New Mexico. Matthew won the National Word Power competition which was sponsored by Reader's Digest. He received a $25,000 college scholarship.

Geography Whiz - National Geographic Bee crowned its latest champion, Caitlin Snaring, age 14. She won a $25,000 scholarship.

Spelling Whiz - If you recall... CT has a homeschooler representing CT in the National Spelling bee.. that will be held Thursday, May 31: LeapFrog will present the Semifinals of the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee live on ESPN from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT. The Championship Finals of the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be live on ABC from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT. Good Luck Joseph Henares!

FYI: Of the 286 students who will compete in the National Spelling Bee next week, 36 are home schooled. While only 3 percent of all students in the US are homeschooled, they typically make up 10 to 15 percent of contestants in the national bee. Read more here in Washington Dateline.

UPDATE 5/30/07 : I have great news!!! Joseph Henares, has spelled his words correctly and will be progressing to the fifth round of the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. The semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN from 10 AM to 1 PM this morning and the finals from 8-10 PM on ABC 5/30/07.

You may also follow his progress by going to the spelling bee website and clicking on round

Way to go, Joseph!!!