Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2018 - Page 12

Youngest District Spelling Bee Champ Reclaims Title I t was a familiar feeling for 13-year-old Kailey Choi to be on stage holding the district spelling bee plaque. The eighth-grader from T.A. Howard Middle School made her debut at the Mansfield ISD District Spelling Bee when she was in third grade and became MISD’s youngest champion. In the following years, Choi qualified for the competition but fell short of the first place title. That is, until this year’s contest, which is the last year she will be able to participate in the event. “It’s like a legacy,” she said. “I won first, and I won last.” Choi competed with campus winners from MISD’s elementary, intermediate and middle schools to earn the district title. She won in the ninth round with the word “infrastructure.” The spelling bee champ advanced to the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on March 1 at Texas Christian University. She finished in 13th place out of 488 schools. 10 Mansfield School & Family Choi celebrated the win after the event with her father and campus principal. Mansfield School & Family 11