By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Brady Watson, who just finished 8th grade and will be moving to Cuero High School this fall, competed in the 89th Annual Scripps National Bee from May 24-26 in National Harbor, Maryland, 10 miles from the U.S. Capitol. Watson is the son of Trent and Jami Watson and has a younger sister, Bromli.
Brady spelled both his words correctly during the preliminaries but did not advance to the finals due to the written test he took the day before. They had 12 spelling words and five choices and 12 vocabulary words with multiple choice answers with about an hour to test.
One-hundred seventy were left after prelims. Thirty-three were eliminated in the first round and 81 in the second round.
The top 45 contestants advanced to the finals, but Brady was still pleased with his performance.
“It’s been pretty fun,” Brady said. “I’m just glad I made it as far as I did. The bell didn’t ring so that was good.”