Fifth Grader, Henry, Wins District Spelling Bee

In addition to showing an incredible command of language during the district wide spelling bee, Henry displayed exceptional sportsmanship with his support for and kindness towards his fellow competitors.

You recently won a Spelling Bee, tell us about that and what comes next.

I recently competed in and won the Madison School District Spelling Bee and will move to the Regional Spelling Bee. I feel lucky because spelling comes somewhat naturally to me, but some of these words are tough! If I am fortunate enough to win Regionals, I would then go to the Arizona State Spelling Bee.

How do you like your school? What are your favorite subjects?

I really enjoy my school and the REACH Program. My teachers are knowledgeable, fun and intelligent and help me get better at writing and understanding math. My favorite subjects are math, science and language arts.

What other things do you enjoy doing outside of school?

Outside school I enjoy building with my Legos. I usually build architectural buildings, Navy ships, cameras … whatever I am into most at the time. I also enjoy Irish Dance, playing the bagpipes and exploring downtown Phoenix, taking photos with my vintage Hasselblad camera.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up I would like to be an architect or a photographer. I am inspired by people like Ansel Adams, Matthew B. Brady (the famous Civil War photographer), Frank Lloyd Wright and Santiago Calatrava.

Is there anything else about you that you’d like to tell our readers?

When I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, I had to put a quote on it. The one I chose was from the famous World War II Admiral William Frederick Halsey: “All problems become smaller if you don’t avoid them, but confront them.” I still really like that quote.

Henry is a fifth grader in the Madison School District.

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