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Eli Glivin, a seventh grader at Anderson Middle School, will tell you he’s not a trophy winner.
He is one now after correctly spelling the words “sophomore” and “credenza” in the final round of the 2012 Farm Bureau District Spell Off last Thursday.
“I don’t know, probably in my room on top of the TV,” Glivin said when asked where he’d put his first place trophy. “I don’t exactly have a trophy case.”
Glivin, in his first appearance at the Anderson County District Spell O1ff, won the Farm Bureau District Spell Off after beating 14 other competitors from Anderson Middle School, Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, Robert B. Turner, Emma B. Ward and home school.
After fellow middle school student Clayton Land misspelled “credenza,” Glivin needed to spell that word and a subsequent word correctly in order to win.
After being given “sophomore” next to spell, Glivin closed his eyes and recited each letter into the microphone for the judges. When it was announced he won, Glivin smiled and shyly pumped his hand into the air to celebrate.
He said closing his eyes helps him to remember the words.
“He’s got a very photographic memory,” his mother Anna Dickens said.
Both eliminated in the fifth round, Ethan Smith of Emma B. Ward Elementary received fourth place and Lauren Boblitt of Anderson Middle School received third place.
Glivin will move on to compete in the 20th annual state Kentucky Derby Festival spelling bee in March 2013.
How would you do?
Spelling on the spot is tougher than you think. Do you think you could have spelled the following words, all used at the District Spell Off?