CASSTOWN — “D-e-c-e-p-t-i-o-u-s.”
While “deceptious” may mean “tending or inclined to deceive,” it did not deceive Miami East eighth grade student AJ Christian.
“I was in denial,” Christian, 14, of Troy said about when he realized he had won the Dayton Area Collaborative Spelling Bee. The bee was held on Feb. 24, at Sinclair Community College. Christian’s win at that bee qualified him to represent the Dayton area at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place May 22-27 in Washington, D.C.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do forever and now that I’m finally going, it’s exciting,” Christian said.
This was Christian’s first time taking part in the Dayton Area Collaborative Spelling Bee. He has participated in other spelling bees before, but did not make it past the second round until this time. The Dayton Area Collaborative Spelling Bee stops at eighth grade, so this was Christian’s last year to participate in it.
Christian explained that he spent approximately a total of eight hours preparing for the Dayton Area Collaborative Spelling Bee, an hour a day before the spelling bee.
“My parents … read me the words and I spell them back,” Christian said about how he prepares for spelling bees. “If I miss them, they mark it. And I study on my own by writing the word 10 times.”
As for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Christian has a couple months to prepare for the new challenges ahead.
“I’m going to start soon,” Christian said about his preparation for Scripps, adding that the feeling of getting to go to Scripps is “so exciting.” When asked if he was nervous, Christian said, “No, not yet anyways.”
Christian is the son of Vanessa and Brad Christian. He hopes to go into computer engineering for his future career.
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