Trumbull County speller Rebekah Stanhope returns to Scripps National Spelling Bee

KINSMAN, Ohio - Sixty-three spellers in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee have been on that stage before. One of them is the pride of Trumbull County, Ohio.

Rebekah Stanhope, 13, is back at the bee for the second year in a row. Her principal at Joseph Badger Middle School in Kinsman, Ohio couldn't be more proud.

"Never had a national spelling bee qualifier before," said principal Robert Moon. "We've had some come close over the years, but we've never had one, let alone a repeat winner. So it's quite a big deal."

Rebekah's been practicing for the spelling bee about an hour a day and five hours on weekends.

"If you know roots from each language and you know the language of origin of the word, you have a much better chance of spelling the word correctly," she said.

Rebekah has known she wanted to be in a spelling bee since she was a first grader.  She has won every school bee since her first one in the third grade. She's also an athlete, an artist and she sings in the school choir.

Rebekah was eliminated just before the semi-final round last year. This year, she's hoping to bring that trophy home to Ohio.

"I think the best thing to remember is that no matter if you miss every word in the first round, you still got there. So the best thing to do is study, but also just to enjoy it because lots of people that would really like to go will never get that chance," she said.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Related Stories

Three local students compete in National Spelling Bee Three local students compete in National Spelling Bee

Ohio has 19 students entered into the competition, with six being from Northeast Ohio. 

 
Shiv Dewan: Knocked down once, North Canton speller ready to try again next year Shiv Dewan: Knocked down once, North Canton speller ready to try again next year

Shiv Dewan of North Canton, Ohio, was not ready to call it quits after failing to make it to the final round of Scripps National Spelling Bee — he asked a judge to take another look at his multiple-choice test to make sure it was scored correctly.

Melina Gabele: Willoughby teen advances to Spelling Bee semifinals after doubt about test score Melina Gabele: Willoughby teen advances to Spelling Bee semifinals after doubt about test score

Melina Gabele was caught by surprise when Paul Loeffler of ESPN announced that she would join 48 other spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals.

RESULTS: Northeast Ohio Scripps National Spelling Bee competitiors RESULTS: Northeast Ohio Scripps National Spelling Bee competitiors

There is still one speller in the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Vanya has fifth — and final — chance to win Scripps National Spelling Bee Vanya has fifth — and final — chance to win Scripps National Spelling Bee

Last year, Vanya Shivashankar was cut from the Scripps Bee without misspelling a word. This is her last chance to win.

Arvind Mahankali from New York wins Scripps National Spelling bee Arvind Mahankali from New York wins Scripps National Spelling bee

Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York has won the Scripps National Spelling bee.

Notable words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee Notable words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

A look at some unusual, difficult or otherwise noteworthy words from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013: Eleven head to finals Thursday night Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013: Eleven head to finals Thursday night

Eleven spellers go into Thursday night's dramatic 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee finals on live TV, including a two-time third-place finisher and other multiyear contestants.

Parma Heights student Ashwin Veeramani eliminated for Scripps National Spelling Bee Parma Heights student Ashwin Veeramani eliminated for Scripps National Spelling Bee

Ashwin Veeramani, a seventh grader at Incarante Word Academy in Parma Heights, was elimated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Parma Heights student Ashwin Veeramani advances to semifinals of Scripps National Spelling Bee Parma Heights student Ashwin Veeramani advances to semifinals of Scripps National Spelling Bee

A Parma Heights student is among 42 spellers that advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.