JUSTIN HAMILTON is in some fast company.
The 13-year-old Belmont County resident is currently in Washington, D.C. He is there as one of the 280 premier spellers in the nation taking part in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Hamilton was successful at his Union Local bee before going on to win the Belmont County Spelling Bee. Now the stakes get much higher and the competition more difficult.
Hamilton will be matching his spelling wherewithal against the best the land has to offer. Justin comes well-equipped and well prepared for the challenge. He has been prepping for the event since winning the county bee in February while also staying physically sharp by competing in junior high track with the Jets.
Hamilton displayed his preparation, knowledge and poise at his school and county bees. Now, we are confident he will do the same once the actual national spelling competition commences.
The trip to D.C. is more than a giant-sized spelling bee.
It also a time for sight-seeing, socializing and soaking in some of the historical landmarks Washington has to offer. The spellers were treated to a Memorial Day barbecue, before getting down to the spelling business today.
The odds are stacked against Justin, as he must vie against nearly 300 battle-tested competitors. We do know, however, that Justin is most deserving of his place on the national stage and confident he will represent Belmont County very well.