Brayden Armes, a seventh grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School will return for a second time to the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington DC in May. He is the champion of the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee held in Poplar Bluff this past spring.
He is the son of Jeremy and Tiffany Armes.
This is Brayden’s fifth time qualifying for the regional bee which began when he was in the second grade. Brayden was also the regional bee champion in 2016.
Brayden won the Regional Spelling Bee after numerous rounds and nine championship rounds. His winning word was “carpentry” which is fitting since his school patron, St. Joseph, was a carpenter.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been held for 90 years. It helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
The 2018 National Bee is May 27 - June 1 with the finals occurring on May 31. Regional winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a $40,000 cash prize, a $2,500 savings bond, and assorted reference materials.