A Basehor-Linwood Middle School sixth-grade student will be moving on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May following his win in the 2013 state-level bee Saturday in Hays, Kan.
Sterling Hollond won the 2013 Sunflower Spelling Bee with the word “cetology,” according to information from the Basehor-Linwood School District.
Hollond came in second in the Leavenworth County Spelling Bee Feb. 1. His sister Calder, an eighth-grade student at Basehor-Linwood Middle School, took the top honors at the county bee. Calder tied with 10 other students for fifth place in the Sunflower Bee.
Both at the time credited regular reading, along with ongoing studies of common root languages Latin and Greek, for their success.
"Sterling is a rock star speller, and showed everyone his amazing talents at the Sunflower Bee. Everyone at BLMS is very proud of him," said BLMS spelling bee sponsor Natasha VanDyke.
Over 80 contestants from 75 counties in Kansas participated in the 2013 Sunflower Spelling Bee. With his win, Sterling will represent the state of Kansas and Basehor-Linwood at the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28 through 30 in Washington, D.C., alongside 266 other middle-school students from across the United States.
“We are so proud to have both Calder and Sterling Hollond represent our Basehor-Linwood School district at the Sunflower Spelling Bee this weekend.,” Superintendent David Howard said.“To come away with a champion is fantastic, and I’m excited for Sterling to represent our district and the state of Kansas at the national level.”