Talbot's spelling propels him to national contest

By Fines Massey The Daily Record fmassey@lebanondailyrecord.com

Many American adults have a hard enough time spelling everyday English words, let alone elaborate words not in their native tongue, but seventh-grader Ethan Talbot claimed his spot at the National Scripps Spelling Bee with a variation of an Italian word that many people probably haven't even heard before.

In the final round of the Southwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee, which was held Feb. 23 at Missouri State University in Springfield, Lebanon Junior High School student Talbot beat out his competition with spelling of "paparazzo." The word is the singular of the more widely known word, "paparazzi," which describes photographers that chase celebrities around snapping pics.

With his win at the regional level, Talbot received a first-place trophy, a hefty Webster's Dictionary and $600 in spending money to be used on his all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. for the national spelling bee championship, which is being held from May 28 through May 30. Talbot's mother, Jennifer, also will have her trip to the nation's capital to take her son to the competition. The winner of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee will received a long list of prizes, including a $30,000 grand prize.

This year wasn't the first time that Talbot had been to a regional spelling bee, so he was doubly nervous. Two years ago, while a student in Virginia, Talbot made it to a regional competition and lost.

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<p>Seventh-grader Ethan Talbot holds up his first place trophy and giant Webster's Dictionary that he received for winning the Southwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 23 at Missouri State University in Springfield. Talbot will now go onto compete at the national Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., which is being held from May 28 through May 30. Talbot and his mother, Jennifer, received an all-expenses paid trip to the nation's capital, as well as $600 in spending money</p>

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