COMING THURSDAY: Howland student Elias Kondolios uses his own strategy when he studies the spelling of words: He starts with their roots.
"French will always have some erratic spelling, but Greek and Latin will always be mostly consonants and vowels,' Kondolios said today. 'Knowing it from the root, it does help me figure out how it looks. If I know how it looks, I know how to spell it."
For the eighth-grader, who just celebrated his 14th birthday on Tuesday, this month will be one for the books as he ventures to Washington, D.C., with his family this weekend to compete in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins next week.
Kondolios won a spot in the national competition after claiming the top spot in the the 23nd annual Tribune Chronicle Scripps National Spelling Bee in March after spelling his final word, 'Croesus.'
The Tribune Chronicle is among about 280 newspapers and sponsors that host the local spelling bees.
Read more in the Thursday Tribune Chronicle.