• Scott City Middle School seventh grader Kalo Hineman spells a word during the bee held Wednesday morning. (Below) Seventh grader Erin Massaglia spells a word during the contest. (Record Photos)

Third time’s a charm

Hineman tastes success at Scott County spelling bee

“Casserole” provided Kalo Hineman with the taste of success in this year’s Scott County spelling bee.

The Scott City Middle School seventh grader correctly spelled “matinee” and followed with “casserole” to become the county representative to the Sunflower Spelling Bee in Wichita on March 3.

“I wasn’t nervous this year, which helps,” says Hineman, who was competing in his third county bee.

In fact, he says he gets more nervous in preparation for the bee.

In past years he would study word lists to get ready for the competition, “but it made me too nervous,” he says.

That’s not to say the 13-year-old doesn’t take spelling seriously.

“I read a lot,” he points out, “and whenever I see a word I don’t know I study it and go back and read it again. That helps me to learn how to spell better.”

Hineman showed no signs of stumbling over a word as the 10 county finalists were gradually eliminated.


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