Walnut Valley speller to compete at national spelling bee in Washington

Walnut Valley Unified had the three top winners of the Inland Valley Spelling Bee.

eighth- grader Justin Chuang, age 12, won 1st Place at the competition
held on March 21. The 2nd Place winner was William Widjaja, a
13-year-old eighth-grader from Suzanne Middle School, and the 3rd Place
finisher was 10-year-old Jordin Wang, a fifth-grader at Collegewood
Spelling champion Justin Chuang won
the competition’s Grand Prize – a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete
in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held May 27-June 1.
won after 15 rounds of competition when he spelled the final word,
“mordacious,” defined in Webster’s Dictionary as, “biting or given to
biting.” Thirty-one students from grades two to eight competed in the
competition held at the Sophia Clarke Theater at Mt. San Antonio
Justin said he practiced every day
since September using a software program called SpellQuizzer that
allowed him to spell the words on the computer.
“It was astonishing when I realized that I had won the competition!” he said.