Adam Krasnoff isn’t a fan of public speaking, so he tried not to think about the standing-room only crowd listening to him.
He concentrated instead on the microphone and spelling words correctly, and he did so flawlessly.
Krasnoff was named Charleston County School District’s best speller at the district bee Thursday night. His final word was “boysenberry,” a reddish black fruit with a raspberry flavor.
“I think (reading a lot) helped me,” the Buist Academy sixth-grader said. “I’d seen some of the words in the books I read.”
Krasnoff and three other spellers were vying for the win, and everyone but Krasnoff misspelled their words. Krasnoff was named the champion, and the audience gave him a standing ovation.
His fifth-grade teacher, Emily Williams, was among those in the bee’s audience, and she said she had no doubt Krasnoff would go far. She said she’s never had a writer such as Krasnoff.
“It’s his creativity and imagination, and he has a strong vocabulary,” Williams said. “He’s a really well-rounded kid.”
Some of the other words Krasnoff spelled correctly included: linseed, talc, hacienda, falsetto and benefactor. His parents, Claire Curtis and Larry Krasnoff of downtown Charleston, said they were impressed with the overall caliber of spellers, and with their son’s ability to spell words they didn’t know he knew, such as “dugong” and “maestro.”
Krasnoff and the district’s 17 other top spellers will go on to compete at the regional bee, SpellBound!, on March 6. The winner will get an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
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