Upstate Students Going To National Spelling Bee - WSPA.com

Upstate Students Going To National Spelling Bee

Posted: Updated:

Spelling comes naturally to Able Birchfield and Kalika Bridwell. Birchfield recently won the Anderson Independent Mail Spelling Bee and Bridwell recently won the Spartanburg Herald-Journal Spelling Bee. Both wins qualified the kids to go compete at the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. next week.

"My first spelling bee competition was when I was in second grade," Birchfield says.

Birchfield came in second place in that first Bee. He was competing in the third and fourth grade competition.

Bridwell works hard at studying words, following in her siblings footsteps. Both her older brother and sister have competed in the National Spelling Bee.

"I'm pretty good at memorizing things, some times I can remember exactly what it looked like on the page," Bridwell says.

Bridwell focuses on studying each word's origin or etymology. She says knowing what language the word is from helps her figure out how it's spelled. She also spends time studying with her siblings and often she stretches while practicing.

Birchfield too can visualize the words he's learned in his head. He also studies the dictionary and makes flashcards of words he doesn't know.

"He knows a lot more words than I do," MeMe Birchfield says.

Both Bridwell and Birchfield deal with nerves when it comes to competition, but it hits them at different times.

"I get nervous before the competition," Birchfield says.

Birchfield, however, stays calm under pressure. His mom, Meme Birchfield, says her son has always been cool under pressure. For Bridwell, she deals with stage fright.

"I don't really like stages," Bridwell says.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • High School Friday Night - Week 1

    High School Friday Night - Week 1

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:00:59 GMT
    Week one of High School Friday Night and Sports Xtra is upon us with the Christ Church Cavaliers trying to set a state record for consecutive wins when they take on visiting Abbeville tonight.
    Week one of High School Friday Night and Sports Xtra is upon us with the Christ Church Cavaliers trying to set a state record for consecutive wins when they take on visiting Abbeville tonight.
  • 2 Security Guards Found Dead Off Laurens Rd in Greenville Co.

    2 Security Guards Found Dead Off Laurens Rd in Greenville Co.

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:57:15 GMT
    A woman delivering newspapers found the bodies of two security guards at the old John D. Hollingsworth On Wheels textile factory at 3309 Laurens Road at 3:36 a.m.
    A woman delivering newspapers found the bodies of two security guards at the old John D. Hollingsworth On Wheels textile factory at 3309 Laurens Road at 3:36 a.m.
  • Police Searching For Missing, Endangered Woman

    Police Searching For Missing, Endangered Woman

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:36:28 GMT
    Missing: Pauline Pinson, 77Missing: Pauline Pinson, 77
    Greenville police need your help locating a missing woman. Pauline Pinson, 77, is believed to be endangered. She was last seen driving down Haywood Road.
    Greenville police need your help locating a missing woman. Pauline Pinson, 77, is believed to be endangered. She was last seen driving down Haywood Road.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.