(03/29/19) The Scripps National Spelling Bee will feature hundreds of students from across the country and one student from the Crossett School District will be among the participants.
Trinity Foster, 8th grade student at Crossett Middle School, will take center stage this May at the 92nd annual competition in Washington, D.C. The opportunity is a dream come true for Foster.
“She is a voracious reader. That’s why she does so well at spelling. She reads anything she can get her hands on,“ Leslie Mansur said.
Foster started competing in the 3rd grade but was never able to make the state-wide competition until this year. She placed 4th overall at the competition in Conway. While it was the highest a student from Ashley County has placed in recent memory, it wasn’t enough to qualify her for the national tournament.
Once she realized her dream of getting to nationals might be over, her inquisitive mind led her to research the RSVBee program, which gives students another route at competing on the national stage.
“I was really excited and first I had to check it to make sure it was really a confirmation email then it said congratulations,“ Foster said.
Foster received the congratulatory email Wednesday giving her the opportunity to make a finals debut.
“I wanted to give up but I knew that so much was in store if I just stood in the race,“ Foster said. “I had to remind myself. It’s worth it. You can do this. It’s your last year.“
Bee week is May 26 through May 31. Registration for the competition costs $1500. Superintendent Gary Williams announced today the district would pay that cost. However, Foster needs help with her plane ticket, hotel expenses and meals.
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