“I tried to prepare for our spelling bee by practicing my vocabulary words and practicing a list of words we were given before the competition. I practiced at least once every day,” Jones said. “I wanted to try and keep the words fresh in my mind, and I knew the practice would help. I also read a lot and I recognized some of those words from books I have read. I am going to keep studying as hard as I can before the region competition. This is exciting and I want to thank my school for allowing me to compete today.”