Cherokee Elementary student goes toe-to-toe with top county spellers

Max Greenspan (submitted photo)

Max Greenspan (submitted photo)

Max Greenspan, a fourth grader at Scottsdale Unified School District’s Cherokee Elementary has advanced to the Maricopa County Region II Spelling Bee on Thursday, Feb. 18 at Arcadia High School.

Facing off at the competition will be 46 students, mostly middle school students, from various districts in Maricopa County, according to a press release.

Max’s journey so far has included winning the school spelling bee at Cherokee Elementary and then on to the district spelling bee, in which he competed against 26 other students from the Scottsdale Unified School District. Max placed seventh in the district, the release stated.

Max’s spelling list includes words with Latin, Greek, Slavic, Dutch and German origins. His love and curiosity about spelling started in first grade.

“Max was always curious about phonics and phonetic rules. He was a spelling sponge,” stated his first grade teacher, Melanie Usher, in the release.

The winner of this spelling bee and one runner up will move on to the state spelling bee, that will be held on March 19 at the KAET Channel 8 Studio at ASU’s Downtown Campus. The winner of the state spelling bee will then compete in The National Spelling Bee in Washington DC in June, according to the release.

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