WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - As the Scripps National Spelling Bee gets underway in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Henrico's Evan Smith will be carrying Central Virginia's hopes for a homegrown champion.
Don't bother looking up if he went to Deep Run, Varina or some other Henrico County Public School. Smith is home schooled. And, it turns out this isn't the only bee he's competed. He also qualified for the Virginia National Geographic Bee competition, which tests geography skills.
Smith is one of 278 students to compete in the site. They come from all 50 states and also from overseas, including China, New Zealand and Japan. He said "I'm a little bit nervous, but I'm also very excited," in an interview with the Times Dispatch earlier this week.
Smith is incredibly accomplished and well rounded, according to his bio on the Scripps National Spelling Bee site. He participates in a chess club, book club and soccer. He studies Latin and earned a perfect score on the National Introduction to Latin Exam. An accomplished pianist, Evan received superior scores for six consecutive years at the National Federation of Music Clubs piano festival. He also qualified for the Virginia National Geographic Bee competition. In his spare time, Evan enjoys LEGOs, maps and board and computer games. His favorite gaming system is Super Nintendo. He has a hermit crab named Pagurus, a lizard named King Crest and a dog named Henry.
Virginia is also represented by 14 other students. Lori Anne Madison from Northern Virginia has been getting a lot of publicity, because at just 6-years-old she is the youngest speller on record in the competition.