13-year-old to represent Nashville in National Spelling Bee - WKRN News 2

13-year-old to represent Nashville in National Spelling Bee

Posted: Updated: May 29, 2014 10:34 AM
Courtesy: SpellingBee.com Courtesy: SpellingBee.com
Courtesy: SpellingBee.com Courtesy: SpellingBee.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 13-year-old Nashville boy was a semifinalist in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

According to the contest’s Web site, Benjamin Kulas is a cyber-enthusiast who also loves reading and has interest in giving back to the community.

A home-schooled student and member of the Middle Tennessee Home Education Association, Kulas was one of only 46 spellers left in the competition.

Kulas, however, was knocked out of the competition after misspelling the word “nitid,” which means bright and lustrous.

He was looking to redeem himself and bring the championship home to Nashville as he fell short after participating in the National Spelling Bee in 2011.

The semifinals aired live Thursday at 9 a.m. on ESPN 2 and the Championship Finals at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

The winner will be granted a grand prize of $30,000, among other awards.

*Scripps National Spelling Bee contributed to this story.

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