Posted On Dec 27 2019
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Yet in making it through three rounds of the 79th annual national spelling bee – where he aced such words as “balneation” and “madid” – David went further in the competition than any Southland area speller since 1998. Principal Robert Gapper said he wasn’t surprised by David’s success. “He’s been working really hard at this for months and months and months,” Gapper said. He noted that as David was toiling away onstage in Washington, his classmates were taking their end-of-the-year trip to Disneyland. “He’s made a sacrifice,” Gapper said. WASHINGTON – David Pruden insisted he didn’t experience any horripilation Wednesday as he sailed through three rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was only when he missed a single letter of the word meaning “goose bumps” in the fourth round – spelling it h-o-r-r-i-p-u-l-a-t-i-o-n – that the 14-year-old Placerita Junior High School student felt any himself. “It was actually on my word list; I looked back and there it was,” David said after the competition, holding a hefty wad of lined notebook paper, each page containing three neat columns of 99 handwritten words. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I said to myself, `I saw the word three days ago.”‘ But David said he knows it was worth it. He doesn’t have any major plans for the summer, and his mother Connie said she thinks that’s best. Already this year, in addition to making it to Washington for the spelling competition, David has won the President’s Award for Academic Achievement, was nominated for a national math award, won a citizenship honor from his church group and was recognized for his voracious reading – about 25 books since January alone. “Riding up the escalator, he goes, `Now, no more studying,”‘ Connie said, laughing with her son in relief. “He needs a break. A brain break.” [email protected].com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!