Spelling Bee champ looking to spell r-e-p-e-a-t
EL CENTRO — Nathan Ostermann, 12, will attempt to spell his way to back-to-back titles at the Imperial County 13th annual Regional Spelling Bee.
The event, scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. today at Southwest High School, will feature 63 students from various schools across the county looking for the coveted win.
“This event allows these students to showcase what they can do well. Some of our kids are great at language arts, and they’re great spellers. We should allow them to show off what they can do,” said Imperial County Office of Education’s STEM Coordinator John Lazarcik.
Last year’s Spelling Bee pronouncer, Lazarcik will return to that roll this year.
Ostermann’s win last year came after increased studying from previous years, after competing since the third grade.
“I felt like I studied more, and I felt a little more confident than I had previous years,” Ostermann said. “I was expecting a little bit more.”
Ostermann is an avid reader, enjoying fictional works like the Percy Jackson and Harry Potter series. He’s also a swimmer with the Imperial Valley Desert Aquatics.
Last year’s win also included a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He correctly spelled Pinkerton in the second round but incorrectly spelled dietetic in the third round.
“I was nervous, but I was just ready to enjoy it,” he said. “I wasn’t really pressuring myself to do much, so I was just there to have fun.”
The experience in Washington was more than just the competition for Ostermann.
“That was pretty cool. I got to see some museums and Mount Vernon where George Washington lived,” he said.
This year Ostermann said he’s prepared about the same as last year for the Spelling Bee.
“I hope to do well, and if luck may have it, I may be able to win again,” he said.
2018 Imperial County 13th annual Regional Spelling Bee
When 6 p.m. tonight Where Southwest High School
Info Watch the Spelling Bee live at the Imperial Valley Press Facebook page @ivpress starting a few minutes before 6 p.m.