ACSM Grade 8 student John Martinez competes in Miami Herald Spelling Bee

AcadeMirCharter School Middle Grade 8 student John Martinez competed at the Miami Herald Spelling Bee presented by Burger King Corp. The event was held on March 8, starting promptly at 8:00 a.m. at Jungle
Island on Watson Island near downtown Miami.

Unfortunately, he did not win, but he came back with knowledge and experience.

John Martinez won the first ACSM Spelling Bee.
John Martinez won the first ACSM Spelling Bee.

The first thing Martinez needed to complete was a writing exam. At this bee, a competitor must pass this before going up on stage. Once that’s completed, students go up on stage and spell just like in a standard spelling bee.

“It was a little disappointing but being there was a tense exciting feeling,” Martinez said.

While Martinez did not leave with the big prize, he did win some small prizes for being a participating contestant. He won a shirt, two bags, a folder, a pencil and a water bottle.