On Feb. 16, Creekwood Middle School seventh-grade student Ian Robertson competed in the three-hour-long Humble ISD District Spelling Bee competition.

This year, 2019, was the third time in a row that he earned and was awarded first place at this challenging district-level competition.

Robertson began his winning streak in the fifth grade and has continued his personal successes through the seventh grade. He has studied rigorously, read many books, worked hard, and has been dedicated with laser-tight focus.

Robertson’s mother, Leslie, talks proudly of her son’s accomplishments. “Together as his loving family, student body and teachers, we are all constantly amazed by his abilities both on and off the competition floor. He consistently prepares, taking on harder and harder words. He sets his mind on a win and he does not stop,” she said.

- Young student moves on  Young student moves on to regional meet -

Some of the less-commonly spelled words that Ian spelled during his most recent spelling bee included “schadenfreude,” “misanthropy,” “enneagram” and “diaspora.” Several of these words are quite often misspelled by not only fellow students, but also well-educated adults. His winning word that allowed him to take home the district win was “coeval.”

Ian is currently preparing for his next academic spelling bee competition at the regional level in late March called the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee for 2019. He will compete against a large number of Texas district-level spelling bee champions.

This next Texas competition is the nation’s largest regional spelling bee. It is expected to have over 50 district-level spelling champions representing over 1,000 schools. Each of these students have proven the value of challenging one’s self to the next, more difficult level.

The top two from the regional-level competition will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Maryland near Washington, D.C. The event is set to take place prior to the end of the school year in late May.

Leslie said, “Ian began competing in spelling bees in the third grade and has exceeded even his own personal goals. His teachers and staff always ask and encourage him to push further and further.”

In addition to being a straight A student and his wins on the spelling competition floor, Ian also plays for the basketball team at school and is part of league-level teams.

“We wish Ian much success at the regional competition and look forward to being his ‘personal cheer squad.’ If you see him in the halls at school, in the classrooms or in the community, please congratulate him on his past successes.

‘Be sure to offer encouragement as his work will be put to the test in future spelling bees.

“We want you to know that he will continue on his journey to the future, as well as his next goals and coming competition wins,” said Leslie.

For further details about Ian’s up-and-coming spelling bee competition and the results, visit houstonpublicmedia.org.

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